Competitiveness / Energy and Environment

This section feature research, opinion and progress reports on how the Czech Republic compares to other EU countries economically. It includes analysis of international rankings such as the WEF and World Bank.

Spotlight issue

15th January 2021 / Competitiveness / Energy and Environment

Pathways to decarbonize the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has reduced GHG emissions significantly after 1990 but remains the fourth largest GHG emitter per capita in the EU. This report aims at presenting a cost-effective pathway for the Czech Republic to reduce GHG emissions in line with the expected targets of the European Green Deal, including the investments needed.
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11th November 2020 / Competitiveness / Energy and Environment

Sustainable transformation is gaining strength: What changes will greening the economy bring?

There is probably no need to emphasise what exceptional times we live in. Society is changing at a dizzying pace and is able to adapt to pandemic conditions with unprecedented flexibility. The newly acquired capabilities resulting from rapid and complex changes are an opportunity for us to open a number of social topics that we have not been comfortable discussing thus far. Greening the economy is one of them. Part of society will naturally perceive it as a forced mantra but let us take a different look and consider it as an opportunity for improvement.
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29th October 2020 / Competitiveness / Energy and Environment

HP Planet Partners Makes Sustainable Choices Easier

HP named the world's #1 print supply recycler, mobilizing customers and partners to maximize sustainable impact. HP is expanding its Planet Partners return and recycling program to further our ongoing commitments to driving a circular and low carbon economy, together with partners and customers.  
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26th October 2020 / Competitiveness / Energy and Environment

Coronavirus pandemic positively impacts sustainable private investments, public aid follows closely behind

The latest surveys and statistics show that investments into sustainable projects have been growing in the long term, also thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, it seems that ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) funds are more profitable than the traditional ones. The public sector is not lagging behind in aiding sustainable transformation; it is already possible to draw new funds on the Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness (OPEIC), which can be used for driving innovation and more sustainable businesses. At a European level, new calls in the Horizon 2020 programme were announced which should help fulfil the goals of Green Deal. In addition, the European Commission published guidelines that will allow member states to compensate certain businesses for indirect costs in relation to the greenhouse gas emission trading scheme after 2021.
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16th June 2020 / Competitiveness / Energy and Environment

Can a low-carbon recovery agenda create jobs and help the economy?

In short, yes. One study showed that government spending on renewables creates 50 more jobs per $10 million invested than spending on fossil fuels.
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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic