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The Advantages of Energy
Lenzing Biocel Paskov
In this interview, Kateřina Kupková, director of Lenzing Biocel Paskov, talks about the benefits
of energy self-sufficiency as well as the company’s plans for the future, including their strategy
for the efficient use of batteries and other renewable energy sources. She also talks about how
Biocel is able to maintain their employees in peak shape and how the business is planning to face
the challenges of the upcoming decade.
What are the advantages of energy selfsufficiency for Lenzing Biocel Paskov?
What do you think the future
of self-sufficiency in industrial plants
will look like?
In our case, energetics is one of our
strongest points. We are completely
self-sufficient in the production of heat
and electricity. In fact, our electricity
production exceeds our needs by 15%,
so we are able to sell this excess back to
the public grid. In my opinion, energy
self-sufficiency and the efficient use of
energy sources is one of the key questions
of modern industrial business. I believe
that battery storage is the next step in
this evolution, as this greatly decreases
overflow into the electrical grid, which
further enhances operating efficiency.
The implementation of other natural and
renewable energy sources is also bound
to be part of future development. At
the same time, I believe that the Czech
Republic should continue work in the
development of small modular nuclear
reactors and support similar projects.
What are your plans for the future of
Lenzing Biocel Paskov? What would you
like the company to look like in another
The strategic development of the
company was and always will be one of
the main responsibilities of the company
management. Currently, we are in the
process of completing our 15 year strategy,
however, I am not a liberty to discuss more
than that at this time. I believe that a decade
from now, Lenzing Biocel Paskov will still
be a responsible and renowned employer
within the region, as well as a company
with a high quality and sustainable product
that is prepared to face any challenge the
future could throw at it.
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What are some of the main challenges
Lenzing Biocel Paskov may face in the
years leading up to 2030? How is the
company preparing for these challenges?
One of the largest challenges we are
bound to face is so-called “generational
shift”. Employee fluctuation within the
company has been historically very low,
and we are now slowly entering the stage
where our experienced colleagues are
gradually beginning to retire and new
employees are entering the company
to replace them. Due to the specificity
of our industry and the technologies it
involves, the processes of training and
know-how transfer are quite lengthy for
new colleagues. Furthermore, this process
is not a simple handover of technical
knowledge and operating experience, as
we are also aware of intergenerational
differences, which we are successfully
taking into account in order to not
only make the transfer of information
smoother, but also to develop a better
What is the role of Lenzing Biocel
Paskov’s employees in regards to the
company’s success and development?
I believe that their role is indispensable.
I am a supporter of progress, whether
it be AI, digitization, robotization,
automation, or whatever term you want
to use to describe the current trends.
Nonetheless, without qualified and
motivated employees, we would never
be able to achieve any of these goals.
This is why it is key for us to invest into
the development of our employees and
their professional qualifications through
Our Pulp Academy educational program
is aimed at increasing the professional
qualifications of current employees. The