We Help Kladno to Its Energy Self-sufficiency and Its Carbon Neutrality
The University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings of the CTU is the main partner of Kladno in the framework of a prestigious international project named SPARCS. Our common goal is to establish at least one energy-self-sufficient neighborhood or a complex of buildings, to engage citizens actively in energy strategy and to increase the ratio of renewable sources in production of electricity significantly.
Kladno as one of the first five cities in the Czech Republic has the opportunity of participating on the five-year international project SPARCS. It is a part of a more extensive European program of the European Commission for Support of Science and Research HORIZON 2020 which unites 31 partner organizations in one consortium. They will share information and experience with each other.
With the help of CTU UCEEB and other European cities participating on the project, Kladno will establish its own vision tailored to its local needs within five years. Its specific will be the seeking of possibilities of responsible and efficient use of a large underground water reservoir for thermal management.
“The main idea is that cities should be active contributors to the energy budgets which means that they should not only take electricity and thermal energy from the superordinate energy grid but they should also produce electricityand heat themselves. Gradually, an area or a neighborhood should be established in Kladno that produces more than it consumes each year and that supplies the surplus to the grid. The city can gradually achieve the so-called carbon neutrality when the production of greenhouse gases from primary sources is compensated by its own energy production from renewable or secondary sources,” says Michal Kuzmič, the SPARCS project coordinator on behalf of CTU UCEEB.
One of the priorities of Kladno is to create a standardized plan for a carbon-free and energy-efficient city, so-called SECAP (Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan), within about two years. In this plan, it will commit (among other things) to reducing the city emissions by 40 %, especially of greenhouse gases, before 2030.
One of the first tasks within the SPARCS project that the CTU UCEEB will participate on will be the mapping of Kladno in the field of strategic planning and energy management together with the creation of its initial profile as the basis for formulating the Vision of 2050; this should take place in the following months. The city could possibly present it to the public as early as by the end of this year.
“Consequently, we would like to discuss the document directly with citizens and with local companies or investors and to get them involved. We would like to have the people interested in how the city is running from the energy point of view,” says the city mayor Dan Jiránek. He adds that the know-how can result from the engagement of departments, universities or the European Covenant of Mayors and the Association of Energy Managers of Cities and Municipalities that Kladno wants to join in near future as one of just a few Czech cities.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 864242.