This scheme aims to replace the thermal energy supply systems that currently use coal to with another (less emission-intensive) fuel (biomass, waste or natural gas) by 2038. This is the case for 45 heat plants. The main part of the district heating renovation is supposed to be financed by the Modernisation Fund, and the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) will mainly finance distribution infrastructure (i.e., the Modernisation Fund will finance the generation infrastructure and RRF the distribution infrastructure). The development of new heating infrastructure is included within component 2.3 Transformation of industry and transition towards cleaner energy sources within the Czech Recovery and Resilience Plan.
CZK 1.660 billion (EUR 70.5 million)
This subcomponent's problematic aspect is that it is projected to contribute 100 per cent to the green agenda. Although more efficient district heating networks are needed, at the moment, the heat will still be generated mostly by coal, with a plan to switch to gas. Therefore, it is wrong to claim a 100 % positive climate impact if it will lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. We, therefore, recommend excluding the support of gas.
Information sourcesMinistry website