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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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Třebič, Biomass Heating Plant

Already from 2001 TTS started to concentrate on renewable sources for the production of heat. Currently they operate a unique heat delivery system. From three main sources they supply heat and hot water to the majority of the inhabitants of Třebíč. It secures the supply of heat for households, primary schools, kindergartens, Třebíč hospital, Vltavínská health centre, care homes, manufacturing firms and other customers. Supplies of heat are made up to 90% from a central heat source for more than 9,700 households. In the heating plants TTS burns bio-mass mainly in the form of wood chips and bales of straw. Used biomass is mainlz the waste. By combusting bio-mass TTS works exclusively at a very high level of efficiency, which results from the use of modern boiler technology and the other equipment, headed by a wholly new Swedish waste heat condenser.

Economic Performance

Stable and relatively low price of heat.
The price of heat energy from an HDS has been among the lowest in the Czech Republic for a long time, thanks above all to the creation of heat energy in a combined way and the use of domestic fuels  in the best case, bio-mass. Remote heating has brought, and will continue to bring, cost savings to the consumer in comparison with other methods of heating.

Social Performance

It requires no investment in the customer's own boiler, nor any maintenance costs. The consumer has no worries about securing heated comfort in his building.

Environmental Impact

Thanks to transition from brown coal and natural gas combustion to biomass, air quality has
improved significantly in the city of Trebic and thus the quality of life for local population.
Besides, local renewable energy source is used  and  carbon dioxide emissions are reduced.

Further Information

www.tts.cz

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