prepared properly. The situation in energy savings,
however, is a bit more complicated.
the ecologization sums up to 138 million CZK. We obviously
are and will continue to be very active in the region.
We all want better quality
air to breathe; that is good news for the
Moravian-Silesian Region too
You are one of the leading CEOs in the Czech Republic
who comes from the Moravian-Silesian Region, you
have been awarded Manager of the Year. How much
of that is thanks to the education and experience you
achieved in this region?
I highly appreciate this significant award as well as
being one of the top managers of the quarter century.
This region is where I was born, where I went to school,
therefore I have been considerably influenced by growing
up here. Even ČEZ closely collaborates with the Faculty
of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University
of Ostrava, my alma mater. I enjoy coming back to the
university; I spent a wonderful time here, moreover, I still
make use of my engineering education and skills.
What exactly do you mean?
The European Union has now agreed upon setting very strict
goals in terms of the conservation of energy, which they are
planning to reach by 2030. The promotion of energy savings
has a clear logic and many businesses economize their
operation simply because it pays back. After all, as a power
company we suggest, design and implement energy saving
measures in Czech businesses, cities, and settlements. Our
daughter company, ČEZ ESCO, is renewing the infrastructure
distributing heat, installing and running cogeneration
providing new industrial boiler-rooms, programming smart
systems for schools, hospitals, town halls, theatres, etc.
I have mentioned ČEZ ESCO because I often hear that our
company is against savings as our business is to sell companies
as much power as possible. That is nonsense: energy-saving
measures represent excellent business opportunities.
All of Europe (the Czech Republic included, as we have
been part of the negotiations from the very beginning) have
agreed to an immense goal to decrease energy consumption
by one-third by 2030. As ČEZ CEO and Vice-President of the
Confederation of Industry, I have been communicating that
we seriously need to struggle and make the target smaller: the
huge savings will cost us lots of money.
Considering the changes in energy production, what
are the prospectives of the Power Plant Dětmarovice,
and do you plan some development in supplying
the region with electricity and heat? The MoravianSilesian Region is becoming a region with an energy
deficit; are you, as a key business in this field, ready to
significantly contribute to the betterment of the energy
balance-sheet of the region?
ČEZ considers the Moravian-Silesian Region one of the most
important areas. The future of Power Plant Dětmarovice
has been an urgent issue since the fire at the absorber.
Our discussions have brought us to decide to invest in the
renewal of the absorber. The power plant complies with the
strictest emission limits that the EU will require only after
2021. I want to reassure the inhabitants of Bohumín and
Orlová, whom we annually supply with over 800 000 GJ
of heat, that power plant will definitely continue to provide
them with heat. We also plan to develop the facilities in this
area: from autumn 2018, the power plant will also provide
heat to the Bezdínek farm in Dolní Lutyně, so that their large
greenhouses might produce tomatoes all year long. The
power plant is capable of producing heat from black coal as
well as from natural gas.
Another major resource we have in the region,
Energocentre Vítkovice, is being significantly modernized.
Its coal-fired boilers are being replaced with gas-fired
boilers and cogeneration units. Emissions of sulphur oxides
will go down by 100%, nitrogen oxides by over 90% as well
the as emissions of solid pollutants. The total investment in
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You are a successful graduate and member of the
Management Board of VŠB – Technical University of
Ostrava. Do you personally or does ČEZ as a company
and the university collaborate on particular projects in
applied research or education and student recruitment?
Great technicians are the cornerstone of success of Czech
industries, and a few departments at Czech universities
may boast of educating true experts. That is why ČEZ
actively supports technical education, and I daresay that
our system is one of the most perfected in the Czech
As a VŠB – Technical University graduate, I am glad that
this university ranks among the crucial partners of ČEZ,
and I am also very happy that my department, Mechanical
Engineering, and Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science, are among the 13 partner university departments
whom the ČEZ Group closely collaborates with. I am
sincerely pleased that VŠB students excel in activities and
making full use of what ČEZ offers.
We regularly participate in job opportunity fairs, organize
meetings and lectures with our company experts and
contractors, we guide excursions through our operations,
offer topics and consultations for Bachelors and Masters
Theses. I am glad that many students from Ostrava apply
to our Summer University, a special two-week internship at
the two nuclear power plants.
The power plant complies with
the strictest emission limits that
the EU will require only after 2021.
Municipalities and regions implement projects that
affect the competitiveness of businesses and make the
lives of their inhabitants easier and more comfortable.
Do you participate in projects like those in our region?
Yes, the Moravian-Silesian Region is in this view in the
spotlight of ČEZ. Alongside the Power Plant Dětmarovice
and Energocentre Vítkovice, the Regional Authority is in
fact the very basis of the team of ČEZ ESCO, i.e. complex
energy solutions. We employ over 700 people and
contract a few companies in this field, including the leader
on the Czech market of cogenerator units, ČEZ Energo,