The construction and maintenance of transport infrastructure in the Czech Republic will be more environmentally friendly, as Czech construction firm EUROVIA CS Group newly becomes a user of environmentally friendly power from emissions-free sources provided by ČEZ ESCO, a subsidiary of utility group ČEZ.
On the basis of the companies’ agreement, EUROVIA CS Group will switch to an environmentally friendly operation of all of its facilities, establishments and construction sites, as of 1 January 2022. In particular, it will purchase electricity generated from nuclear sources.
“We are gradually implementing a number of environmentally-friendly measures in all our operations,” said Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of EUROVIA CS, Martin Borovka. “The new agreement about power supply from nuclear power plants concerns our nearly 140 branches dispersed throughout the country. This means that for future generations we will be leaving not only high-quality roads but also a significantly reduced carbon footprint. That is good news that we can share with our customers and business partners.”
For the time being, the company has signed the agreement on emissions-free power with ČEZ ESCO for two years, during which it will purchase 66,000 MWh, saving more than 39,000 tonnes of CO2.
“We are pleased that an increasing number of companies are taking heed of the environmental impact of their business and they are not indifferent to the condition in which we pass the environment onto our children,” commented CEO of ČEZ, Daniel Beneš. “If the Czech Republic is to be carbon-neutral, it will have to rely exclusively on emissions-free sources in the future, which means renewable sources and nuclear power. I am glad that Eurovia has opted for supply from nuclear sources. It is often forgotten that, next to hydropower plants, nuclear sources are the second most important source of electricity with a zero carbon footprint.”
Pressure for a reduction in greenhouse gas production is based on European climate commitments. Last year, EU Member States agreed to tighten the climate targets for 2030, with total emissions having to be reduced by at least 55 per cent compared to 1990. Europe aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.