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.
Joint toast of conference organisers and patrons – from left: Michal Dolana, Managing Partner, DDeM, s.r.o., Jan Světlík, CEO and President of the Advisory Board, CYLINDERS HOLDING a.s., Alena Vitásková, Chairwoman, A Vitásková Institute, Evžen Tošenovský, Member of the European Parliament and member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, Martin Herrmann, COO Retail, innogy SE
Welcoming of guests and opening remarks by Ivo Vondrák, Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region and Deputy at the Parliament of the Czech Republic
From left: Dávid Hajmán, Strategy Director, ČEZ, a.s., Tomáš Hüner, Smart Infrastructure Director, Siemens, s.r.o., Martin Záklasník, CEO of E.ON Group in the Czech Republic
From left: Aleš Tomec, Chairman of the Board, OTE, a.s., Richard Vidlička, Project Committee Chair and Board of Directors member, E.DSO European Distribution System Operators
From left: Alena Vitásková, Chairwoman, A Vitásková Institute, Mirek Topolánek, Member of the Board, eustream, a.s., Jiří Brož, CEO, VÍTKOVICE CYLINDERS a.s.
From left: Zuzana Šolcová, Executive Director, Association of Energy Managers, Zuzana Dvořáková, OTE, a.s., Pavel Zámyslický, Director of Energy and Climate Protection Department, Ministry of the Environment
Jakub Unucka, Deputy Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region
From left: Leona Schovancová, Head of Customer Service and Sales, Inertia Energy (CZ) s.r.o., Jan Ruml, Consultant, Czech Gas Association, Zdeněk Kaplan, CEO, Executive Chairman, innogy Energo, s.r.o.
From left: Petr Kusý, Board Member, Energy Regulatory Office, Rostislav Krejcar, Board Member, Energy Regulatory Office
Martin Záklasník, CEO of E.ON Group in the Czech Republic
From left: Jan Valenta, CEO, Executive Chairman at GasNet, s.r.o., Tomáš Varcop, Executive Chairman, innogy Energie, s.r.o., Martin Herrmann, COO Retail, innogy SE
Luboš Pavlas, Group CEO, Sev.en Energy
From left: Pavel Drobil, Chairman of the Board, ANACOT CAPITAL a.s., Petr Kusý, Board Member, Energy Regulatory Office
Martin Hájek, Director, Association for District Heating, Jiří Feist, Member of the Board, EP POWER EUROPE
Dávid Hajmán, Strategy Director, ČEZ, a.s.
Voting at the end of the conference on the occasion of the 10th annual IEC session, during which Martin Herrmann was elected Honorary President of the International Energy Club