International Energy Club 2017: Experts discuss current challenges in the energy field in Ostrava

Participants in the IEC international conference discuss European grants and smog, the future of power engineering and smart transport solutions

Representatives of the largest energy companies met up in Ostrava with leading civil service representatives as part of the eighth meeting of the International Energy Club (IEC). The specialist conference entitled Fresh Air in Energetics in the Czech Republic and the EU looked at issues related to the current state of the energy industry and linking it up effectively to the environment.

A total of ten speakers held talks. Jan Kříž, Deputy Minister for managing EU funds, financial and voluntary tools at the Ministry of the Environment, gave a talk on investing in better air, while Martin Herrmann, Chairman of the Board of Directors, innogy Czech Republic, looked at the environment as a factor in customer decision-making.

Vladimír Outrata, Chair of the Board at the Energy Regulatory Office, looked at the future of energy from the regulator’s perspective. Libor Witassek, Chairman of the Board & CEO, VÍTKOVICE, a.s., spoke about the use of hydrogen in transport, while Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region, Ivo Vondrák, discussed smart solutions for the Moravian-Silesian Region’s energy concept.

Jan Zaplatílek, Director of the Gas and Liquid Fuels Department at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Pavel Šolc, Member of the Board of Directors of ČEZ Distribuce, Jiří Feist, Executive Director for Strategy at EP Power Europe, and Tomáš Hüner, Director of the Energy Management Division at Siemens, also took full advantage of the space for discussion.

The event also included an extensive additional programme. This included the official opening of the new innogy Czech Republic exhibition in the Science and Technology Centre, Vítkovice mining region. Guests also had the opportunity to visit the IT4Innovations Supercomputing Centre and take a guided tour of the most powerful supercomputer in the Czech Republic and related high technologies.

65 representatives of 45 companies and specialist associations took part in IEC 2017. This year’s conference was supported by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of the Environment, the Moravian-Silesian Region and the European Parliament. The event’s traditional patrons are Vítkovice Machinery Group and innogy Czech Republic. The conference’s partners included Energetický a průmyslový holding, E.ON Group, ČEZ Group, Siemens, TELE DATA CONTROL and the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.

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