A holistic approach is one of the biggest weaknesses of public policy. The area of quality of life and housing is no exception. The state primarily focuses on only one aspect and directs its support primarily to reduce energy consumption. However, it overlooks the possible benefits and synergies of broader support for quality and healthy living. It is not just an abstract issue.
H.E. Jukka Pesola – Ambassador, Embassy of Finland
Dagmar Plevačová – Vice President, NorCham
1st panel: Energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in urban solution
Sustainable Geothermal Energy
Gabor Molnar – Geothermal Engineer, Mannvit Engineering, Iceland
Mannvit Engineering has an ambitious goal: as geothermal energy’s source has the almost unlimited amount of heat generated by the Earth's core, the potential of geothermal energy development is increasing. Even though It is hard to imagine this evolution in the Czech provenience, we need to look at the topic as a great supplementary source of clear energy for our neighbours. Looking at the global perspective, it gives even this country an ability to diversify its energy source and to rely on its European partners even further.
A smart future of modern energy
David Martínek – ČEZ
There is a pressure on the energy market to become green and CEZ in part of this process. It's daughter company CEZ ESCO has entered the contemporary energy sector with the modern approach, trying to respond to current energy trends. The combination of these trends and political pressure are turning passive customers into active and responsible consumers. It is beneficial that there is authentic customer demand for cost effective and smart solutions. There are many. It’s about combining them right to have the right energy savings and energy management impact.
From 100 % renewable energy to carbon neutrality
František Vašek – Nano Energies
More than ever, people are demanding that businesses take an active role in shaping the narrative for not just a new normal, but a new better. They are increasingly demanding green products. And if we look at sustainability, we have to look and start with the energy sector. Sustainability has long ago become a business opportunity as renewables are competing with traditional energy systems. Nano Energies are aware of that. Starting with themselves.
Solar, Energy Storage and Energy Communities
Jan Fousek – Modern Energy Union
Energy market with renewables continues to grow, unfortunately too slowly. Companies don’t have enough playing field and the Czech government creates somehow unpredictable environments, especially for the mid- and long-term perspective. Coal lobby does not help. There however is huge potential with energy storage. Neighbouring countries are trying to maximise the potential. We should do it as well. The European modernisation fund could be an opportunity for players that want to innovate.
2nd panel: Healthy indoor environment and living
Designed and sustainable living environments for everyone
Helena Bjarnegärd – Swedish National Architect
Architecture is intrinsically connected to the wellbeing of our society in many various ways. It is important to choose a holistic approach - we cannot look at only one of the sustainability goals. The detail is of crucial importance. And if we are talking about big cities, big scales and big projects, we cannot forget about all of the communities from various neighborhoods and interconnectedness between them. The question whether we live inside or outside is not important; we live everywhere. Art should be part of the environment. We need to transform in order to become a resilient society.
From home to neighbourhoods and the planet
Eva Neudertová – Skanska Residential Development
From our home to the whole planet is not as impossible as it might seem. Geographically it is far, not mentally. If we focus on our living values - physical and psychological health, spiritual well being, taking care of our surroundings and supporting our communities - we all share this. And Skanska is standing up to these values. Its recent projects reflect such values. Because there is no contemporary and healthy business without a healthy environment and people that inhabit it.
Higher level of comfort and healthy indoor environment
Klára Bukolská – VELUX
We need the daylight and air in order to live healthy. We simply spend too much time indoors. Focus on the right design of indoor spaces is very important. We don’t build that much anymore. That is why we need to look and adjust our current homes. And there lies a great opportunity. Velux can offer solutions that reduce the total energy consumption by large sums
Indoor air quality solutions
Rick Aller – 720 degrees Finland
The pandemic has put the quality of air indoors amongst peoples and companies priority. Be it as it may, it goes in hand with our sustainability goals. We can improve sustainability by focusing on indoor air quality. We can amplify it by AI - technology that has a lot to say in the future; be it construction, environment, health or factory production. AI has the ability to be more precise, to use more data and analyze it and improve automation systems. 720 degrees can provide such solutions for various types of buildings. No matter what company you work for, using
Acoustic well-being = healthy heart and mind
Iveta Králová – Ecophon
We are surrounded by a lod of noise. We keep experiencing more sound and more noise as we live in the city, move to home offices and commute. It affects us, our behaviour, effectiveness and health. There are spaces that need to be dealt with acoustically. Good materials are important as wrong solutions will not solve our acousting problems, more like increase the negative effects. And this is where Ecophon brings a great advantage. It is important to beat in mind that everyone of us can influence the way we live and we surround ourselves with.