Czech government approves environmental policy on lower emissions

Martina Taxova, Trade Commissioner (Czech Republic)

In 2021, the Czech Ministry of Environment approved a strategy to prioritize lowering emissions of harmful substances and greenhouse gases, along with more efficient use of water. The strategy has been incorporated into the State Environmental Policy of 2030 (SPŽP 2030), which states the country’s environmental vision to be accomplished by 2050.  SPŽP 2030 covers three main areas: Environment and Health, Climate Economy and Nature and Landscape, and sets ten strategic goals some of which include quality of water and air, greenhouse gas emissions, sustainability and climate change.

Among these goals are issues of national and international significance, such as following the Paris Agreement, and targets for better implementation of local sustainable development. The document emphasizes strengthening the current standards of environmental protection. As a part of the new agreement, the Czech Republic will invest a record CZK 300 billion in the environment and climate protection over the next 10.

Latvian utility investing 75M EUR annually on modernization

Irena Cirule, Trade Commissioner (Latvia)

Power distribution company Sadales Tikls(ST) is planning investments of about EUR 75 million annually over the next ten years into reconstruction and modernization of the distribution system in accordance with the industry’s development trends and public demand. The company is planning to renovate 1,700 kilometers of power lines annually, at the same time revising and optimizing the overall grid coverage. 78 percent of the investments will go into reconstruction and renovation of the electricity network. Next year, 30 percent of total investments will go to reconstruction of electricity networks in densely populated areas, including in Riga center.

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