New Podcasts on “How do Energy Scouts make their companies more sustainable and yet save costs?”

Energy Scouts identify potentials for saving energy, resources and costs in their companies. The Scouts then address these potentials in a team by developing practical projects and implementing them. But how does this work exactly? Energy Scouts from the Czech Republic speak about their projects in exciting new podcasts with Tereza Šťastná (Czech Radio).

by Max Junghanns, Young Energy Europe

Published: 22 September 2021

Czech Energy Scouts present their projects in podcasts

Energy Scouts identify potential energy and resource savings and the related costs in their companies. In teams, the Scouts then address these potentials by developing and implementing practical projects. They assume responsibility in their companies and make an important contribution to the fight against climate change.

But how does this work exactly? What does the path from the workshop to the project presentation look like? What obstacles do the Energy Scouts encounter and what motivates them particularly to overcome them with their team? Energy Scouts from the Czech Republic speak about all this and much more in 14 podcast episodes with Tereza Šťastná, Current Affairs Editor at Czech Radio and former participant of the 2018/19 journalism exchange of the EUKI project with IJP. Find all the podcasts (englisch and czech language) on your favourite platform:
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At first, we introduce you to Jan Bílek, best Czech Energy Scout 2020 and engineer at PREOL, a.s.. In his project Jan Bílek focused on the use of waste heat for heating and hot water generation in the administration building. The approach saves CO2 emissions of 150 tons per year and annual savings of € 52,617 offset the initial investments after just 1.4 years. In addition, the Energy Scout examined the potential of capturing and storing CO2 from combustion products in Preol’s own combined heat and power plant. He showed how climate neutrality could be achieved in the case of his company, as envisioned in the European Green Deal by 2050 and talks about related costs.


Secondly Kateřina Kleinová, Energy Scout from LEAR Czech Republic s.r.o., explains how even small investments can lead to big savings. Together with her colleagues, she developed a project in 2018 – the first year of Young Energy Europe in the Czech Republic – to optimize the journey of employees to the company’s plant using, for example, shuttle buses. Her efficiency project achieves an annual CO2 saving of 145.8 tons and an annual cost reduction of about 196,000€. They won the national competition for the best project in 2018. Learn more on this project in the new podcast (9:27) and here.

Thirdly Energy Scout Matěj Houdek speaks about the fresh foods project that he developed at Penny Market s.r.o. in 2020 together with Anežka Vagnerová and Tomáš Fara. Using camera sensors and an app alert for employees, the Scouts reduce the waste of fresh food in the racks for fruit, vegetables, and baked goods. The technology identifies perished goods so they can be removed at an early stage, and therefore contributes to reducing the amount of food that must be reordered, transported, and grown. This results in considerable savings in water, fuel, cooling requirements and CO2. Learn more about this project in the new podcast (9:31) and here.

Tereza Šťastná interviews Energy Scout Kateřina Kleinová (right), who developed a project to make it attractive for employees to use the company bus. (© AHK Czech Republic)
Energy Scout Matěj Houdek uses artificial intelligence to reduce fruit and vegetable waste in supermarkets (©AHK Czech Republic Jaromír Zubák)

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