Prague’s investments are to be co-financing of resources from the modernization and innovation European fund, the main sources of change, the total amount of which is estimated at 230 billion crowns by 2030. According to Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates), the city wants to be a premium in the effort to achieve carbon neutrality. It is planned for 2050.
For heat and electricity, Prague wants to reduce emissions by 60 percent by 2030
According to Hlubuček, it turns out that after the pandemic, a fundamental restructuring of the entire economy will have to come, energy is the main organization. He said that the amount of investment is not personally terrifying.
“The price of emission allowances is already so high today that it is clear that the coal period will not end in 2038, but not yet in 2033, because the price of heat and electricity production will be unbearable for the customer,” said Hlubuček.
The city would like to make by 2030 on more than 20 thousand Prague buildings from about 180 thousand total installations of photovoltaic panels.
It would help to develop the so-called community energy, but it must be allowed by legislation. It will therefore also be necessary to change the laws.
“A big topic for all Praguers will be the heating industry, not only in terms of emissions, but in terms of prices,” said Councilor Jan Chabr (United Forces, TOP 09). The city may be faced with the decision of whether to leave the central heat supply due to the price. For heat and electricity, Prague wants to reduce emissions by 60 percent by 2030.
According to the opposition plan, the ODS represents a “financial and moral hazard”. “The coalition will raise unrealistic expectations and over time will have to quietly admit that the plan was unattainable in the parameters presented. They should tell the voters the truth, not fairy tales, “said Zdeněk Zajíček, chairman of the ODS representatives’ club. In a similar vein, the vice-president of the ANO club, Ondřej Prokop, has previously commented on the plan.
According to Hřib, YES and the ODS nevertheless enforced the so-called tax package in the Chamber of Deputies, which had a negative effect on the revenues of the city budget.
“Reducing the use of fossil fuels is sending our energy self-sufficiency and limited funding for other undemocratic regimes, including those supporting terrorism,” Hřib defended the climate plan.
For example, the vehicle fleet of a transport company and city companies is to be changed, and the creation of a biogas plant. According to the ODS, the plan envisages rising public transport prices and the introduction of a toll for cars in Prague. Hlubuček would like to combine the toll with the assessment of cars according to emissions. According to Hřib, however, even for a possible toll system, it is necessary to change the laws first.
At the earliest, at the end of May, the climate plan will be approved by councilors.