Kladno in the spotlight at Prague Energy Management Conference
SPARCS fellow city Kladno made an impression at the Energy Management for Cities and Municipalities conference held in Prague on 24-25 January. The event served as a platform for cities and municipalities to converge and exchange insights on energy management strategies and the implementation of sustainable practices.
Representing Kladno at the conference was David Škorňa, whose presentation centred around the city’s transformative journey, driven by its involvement in SPARCS. At the two-day conference, David joined industry experts, energy managers and representatives from the Czech cities of Liberec, Chrudim, Prostějov, Jablonec nad Nisou and others to discuss a range of topics crucial to fostering energy-efficient urban landscapes.
The conference programme featured diverse themes, ranging from community energy and photovoltaics in urban practice to the implementation of energy management, ISO 50010 certification, financing projects, and the dynamics of the energy market. The gathering aimed to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among cities striving for a greener and more sustainable future.
The event commenced with an online speech by Deputy Minister René Neděla from the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, setting the tone for the discussions that followed. Throughout the conference, speakers from institutions such as the Czech Energy Regulatory Authority and prominent companies like Aliaxis shared their expertise.
Key role of SPARCS
David’s presentation shed light on Kladno’s accomplishments and plans, offering a glimpse into the city’s commitment to sustainable practices. He emphasised the vital role of SPARCS in funding pilot projects, providing a lifeline for Kladno’s initiatives, and facilitating the recruitment of essential staff. Without these financial resources, Kladno would have faced significant challenges in advancing its sustainable goals.
Key aspects highlighted by David included Kladno’s plans to integrate photovoltaic systems, pursue ISO 50001 certification, and the ongoing efforts to update the city’s Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP). The reconstruction of the city’s winter stadium was also addressed, highlighting Kladno’s dedication to energy efficiency in various sectors.
David also touched upon the city’s ambitious project of establishing a charging network for electric cars, aligning with its broader goals of promoting Positive Energy Districts. Kladno’s commitment to embracing electric vehicles and creating an infrastructure that supports sustainable transportation underlines its progressive approach to urban planning.
Kladno’s participation in the Energy Management for Cities and Municipalities conference underscored the city’s dedication to sustainable urban development. With SPARCS playing a pivotal role in providing financial support and strategic guidance, Kladno is well positioned to continue its journey towards a greener, more resilient future.