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

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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14th May 2020 / Competitiveness / Energy and Environment


Dentons launches 2020 edition of its ‘Investing in renewable energy projects in Europe’ guide

As we start a new decade, the forces shaping the European renewables sector are familiar enough, but the longer-term future in each market is becoming harder to predict. State action—for example, in the form of renewables support auctions—remains key. However, the tasks facing governments and regulators are multiplying and becoming more complex, particularly as decarbonization becomes as much a matter of industrial policy as of energy market regulation.
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27th February 2020 / Competitiveness / Energy and Environment


Can tomorrow’s offices combine modular construction with timber?

Greater use of modular engineered timber methods in office developments could speed up construction and bring sustainability benefits.
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21st January 2020 / Competitiveness / Energy and Environment


Rethinking the road to the circular economy

Out with the old throwaway society, in with the new circular economy. Policymakers, academics and businesses agree, a new model is needed to tackle some of the world's major environmental challenges. But transitioning to this new model is itself fraught with challenges. In this report, we look at what they are and what could help to overcome them.
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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic