International Energy Club 2019: Experts debate current energy and climate issues in Ostrava

Participants in the prestigious IEC conference discuss the domestic energy and climate plan, the security of energy supplies and the possible threat of energy poverty

Representatives of the largest energy companies met in Ostrava alongside leading government administration representatives for the 10th annual International Energy Club (IEC) session. They held in-depth discussions on issues related to the current state of the local and European energy sectors, including the planned domestic energy and climate plan.

The session was opened by Evžen Tošenovský, MEP and member of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). René Neděla, Deputy Minister for Energy at the Ministry of Industry and Trade spoke about preparations for the domestic energy and climate plan. In this regard, he noted the European Commission’s recommendation to increase the share of renewables in the energy mix from 21 to 23 percent. He calculated it would cost three billion crowns to meet all the energy and climate protection goals by 2030. Aleš Tomec, Chairman of the Board of Directors at OTE then spoke about possible options for the Czech energy sector’s further development, and their impacts. One of his conclusions was that any complete withdrawal from nuclear energy would cause a highly marked increase in costs, import dependency and complications in securing a reliable electricity supply.

Martin Herrmann, Member of the Board at innogy SE, gave information on the details of the division of the innogy energy group in the Czech Republic. He stressed that this fact would not mean any changes in the reliability and security of energy supplies for its customers. Dávid Hajmán, Strategy Director at ČEZ, described the anticipated development of the European energy industry in the context of the climate policies of the EU and individual states. Martin Záklasník, CEO of the E.ON Group in the Czech Republic, talked about the demand for energy efficient solutions amongst corporate and municipal customers, and assessed the potential of specific measures for ensuring long-term accessible, secure and sustainable energy in the Czech Republic.