The Czech Republic Segment supplies just short of 1 million people with drinking water (approx. 48 million m3 of drinking water) and provides waste water management services to around 700,000 residents (approx. 44 million m3 of waste water).
Given that local authorities are responsible as the infrastructure owners for renovating grids (except for one investment – VaK Beroun a.s.), Energie AG’s measures focus on locating and remedying leaks. The continuous monitoring, reporting and benchmarking allows for a detailed analysis of the complex developments in the piping networks. In recent years, extensive investments have been made in modern hardware and software for hydraulic network modelling, as well as in expanding district metered areas, supplying equipment and providing employee training.
A benchmarking in accordance with the internationally accepted “unit water leakage” method paints a positive overall picture for the 52 supply areas that each have a population of more than 5,000. In calendar year 2017, 92% of the networks were in good condition, 8% in average condition and 0% in poor condition. For calendar year 2019, these values have changed to 92% in good condition, 6% in average condition and 2% (representing a single municipality) in poor condition.
The business area “Heat” in the Czech Republic Segment supplies around 50,000 residents with district heat and provides installation services for municipalities and private customers with a focus on energy efficiency and CO2 reduction. The ongoing investments in generation systems and heat distribution networks deliver an improved security of supply and a better energy efficiency. In the last decade, 16 km of old pipes in the heat network of the Czech Republic were replaced with more efficient, insulated district heat pipes that are equipped with a higher grade heat insulation. In the Czech Republic, the Energie AG Group operates boiler houses with an installed thermal output between 50 kW and 20 MW. Measures aimed at increasing their efficiency and reducing their CO2 footprint are carried out regularly.
Further information on performance and output data as well as key figures, benchmarking and environmental topics can be found at www.energieag-bohemia.at and www.energieag.cz, as well as in the Group Management Report, Czech Republic Segment.