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The Czech Republic has a relatively good overall eco-innovation performance according to the 2015 Eco-innovation scoreboard, ranking 13th out of 28 EU Member States with an overall score of 99, which is 1% below the overall EU average. The evidence collected from available sources indicates the “eco-innovation” situation in the Czech Republic is perhaps not as strong as the index suggests.

In general, the research and innovation activities and the policy framework has improved in recent years. Nevertheless, there are still some major bottlenecks, which prevent the country and its enterprises from fully realising their potential. Many of these bottlenecks originate from the change from a centralised economy, as many companies are still recovering from the privatisation process and their owners and managers arguably lack the ambition to invest in innovative products and technologies, and the concepts of the circular economy and eco-innovation are yet to become widely embedded. Another barrier is that the legislative and policy framework is seen as fragmented and incoherent, with supporting programmes, mainly for research and development (R&D), whose activities are implemented temporarily, partly or not at all. However, several R&D funding programmes supported by the state or by EU funds are effective in capitalising on the opportunities this field offers and are assisting in the process of developing innovative technologies and tools. A number of recent projects directly support eco-innovation or the circular economy, for example a fusion between bio- and nanotechnologies to treat wastewater.

Additional policy developments are needed in order to speed up progress towards a circular economy as well as to increase the level of research and innovation activity in the Czech Republic. These policy developments should include further support to local businesses as well as investment in the public research and education systems

2015 Eco-innovation Scoreboard ranking and eco-innovation index composites for Czech Republic

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Smart Region

In 2010, the company ČEZ, a.s. has launched an unique Smart Region project in cooperation with the town of Vrchlabi. In the framework of this project ČEZ, a.s. will equip roughly 4.5 thousands of households and enterprises with the "smart" meters of energy, infrastructure for electro-mobility, install elements of the automation and monitoring distribution network till the year of 2015.

Through the installations of smart meters ČEZ, a.s. tests new concept of management of consumption and production of electricity. In Vrchlabi, there will be installed elements of automation and monitoring of distribution network at the level of networks of low and high voltage and distributing stations, which allows to redirect the flow of energy in case of power blackout. The other component of the project is to develop infrastructure for electro mobiles. 
ČEZ, a.s. will set up several charging stations and provide the city with several electric vehicles.

Economic Performance

cost saving, effectivity, developing infrastructure for electromobility

Social Performance

4,5 thousands of housholds and enterprises will benefit

Environmental Impact

energy efficiency and saving, CO2 emmission reduction

Further Information

http://www.futuremotion.cz/smartgrids/cs/vrchlabi.html

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