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Czech companies in energy, finance, industry, construction and other sectors have created a common platform. The companies will jointly promote the transition to climate-neutral technologies and share their knowledge and experience. The main goal of the Alliance for an Emission-Free Future (ApBB) is to speed up and facilitate decarbonization so that the Czech economy and companies are not threatened with a loss of competitiveness. The alliance was presented yesterday in Prague by representatives of the companies that are its main partners. They include ČEZ, Komerční banka, McKinsey, Moneta Money bank, Onsemi, Orlen Unipetrol, PWC and Wienerberger.
“One of the goals of this Alliance is to remove ideology from the Green Deal. The Green Deal in its complexity focuses on all essential industrial and other areas of society, and we would like to contribute to making the discussion about it more technical, more business-like and as least affected as possible ideology,” said Komerční banka CEO and ApBB president Jan Juchelka. He added that decarbonization and the path of the Green Deal for Europe is an opportunity for the Czech Republic to innovate and increase the country’s importance in the context of the European economy.
The Green Deal (Green Deal for Europe) is a flagship project of the European Commission (EC), a priority for EC President Ursula von der Leyen since she took office in 2019. The agreement concerns the EU’s transition to renewable energy sources, which is based on a set of climate standards referred to as Fit for 55.
According to ČEZ CEO and ApBB Vice President Daniel Beneš, the future of the European and Czech energy industry must rest on the balance of three basic goals. Energy supplies should be safe, secure and certain, at the same time under affordable conditions and will be sustainable in the long term. According to him, sustainability is largely related to decarbonization and steps against global warming, as well as the formation of an alliance of companies.
“The transformation of industry and transport represents the most significant challenge for Škoda Auto in the last decades and a paradigm shift in entire sectors. However, we believe that it represents significant growth potential for us as a company and for the entire Czech Republic, if it is grasped correctly,” said a member of the Škoda Auto board of directors for sales and marketing Martin Jahn.
The partners of the new alliance include České radiokomunikace, Liberty, Škoda Auto and the Union of Cities and Municipalities. Other members are Arthur D. Little, Metalimex, Spolchemie, Sudop Group, Vodafone and Zásilkovna. One of the founding members is the Union of Modern Energy.