The CTU University Center for Energy Efficient Buildings has been cooperating with partners from five European countries on the Low Carbon Districts project since August 2019. Its goal is the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in cities and municipalities through support in the field of renovation and construction of energy-efficient buildings.
Together with ČVUT UCEEB, the Energy Agency of the Zlín Region (EAZK) is also participating in the project in the Czech Republic. The Czech partners strive for a detailed analysis of the situation in the domestic construction sector and actively invite the most important stakeholders to discuss the improvement of regional development programs. An indisputable benefit will also be the exchange of experience and the sharing of good practice between the participating European regions. The cooperation will run until July 31, 2022, and one of its outputs will be a set of recommendations for implementation in the regional innovation strategy.
Reducing CO2 in the Zlín region, according to EAZK director Miroslava Knotková, it is a very important topic, because individual regions are expected to contribute to the fulfillment of the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy, which include reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared to the level in 1990.
Both Czech partners agree that insufficient attention is paid to reducing carbon emissions in the Czech Republic and that it is difficult to change this situation. "The biggest problem from a public interest perspective is the seeming abstractness of the goal. Reducing emissions is often associated with active elements requiring higher investment costs, which are very difficult to return without a possible subsidy. The public lacks awareness of the possibilities of reducing CO2 using passive approaches," says CTU UCEEB researcher Zdenko Malík.
Projekt LC Districts is supported by the INTERREG EUROPE program financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).