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Centre of ecological education Kaprálův mlýn

Organisation: Centre for Transport and Energy Website: Added: November 24, 2022
Project start date: June 01, 2011
Project end date: September 01, 2012


One of the largest and busiest centres of environmental education in the Czech Republic. The low-energy building, supplied almost exclusively from renewable energy sources, links all the innovative technologies used with education. The heating of the premises is solved by ground-water heat pumps combined with a solar system in suitable seasons. Low-potential sources are topped up with a biomass boiler. An integral part of the centre's operation is the pursuit of maximum environmental friendliness, which is reflected in the consistent sorting of waste, the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products, recycled materials, etc. The centre has operated for a long time without dependence on grants and external support - thanks to the intelligent renovation of the building, the combination of commercial and non-commercial activities and, above all, the very low operating costs. In 2014, Kaprálův mlýn was awarded the SCENES (Scout Centre of Excellence for Nature and Environment) label and became a member of the Goose Network (an international network of scout bases that share programmes).

Financial data

The project cost approximately CZK 55 000 000, CZK 44 000 000 (EUR 1.8 mil.), of which was financed by the ESI funds in the programming period 2007-2013.


Continue with the development of ecological education centres operating with maximum environmental friendliness. In order to do that, the allocation from ESI funds should be increased.

Information sources

Ministry website

Other info

European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.