Ranked 47th in the CCPI 2021, the Czech Republic drops four places compared to last year’s edition and falls into the group of very low performing countries.
While slightly improving its performance in the Energy Use category, now receiving a medium rating, the country’s decline in the overall performance is mainly rooted in a dramatic setback in the GHG Emissions category. Moreover, the country further declines in the Renewable Energy category, showing low performances throughout all category indicators. This very low overall performance in the CCPI analysis seems unlikely to see a significant turnaround in the near future, given that the current climate policy is rated very low by national climate and energy experts.
Experts highlight that the most recent National Energy and Climate Plan, submitted in 2019, is even less ambitious than the 2017 National Climate Strategy. Moreover, the current Renewable Energy support scheme proves ineffective, given that the development of RE capacities is stagnating. With the proposal of the new Renewable Energy Act stuck in the legislation process, experts warn that this issue might remain unresolved. Seeing furthermore that discussions on a coal phase-out in the 2019 established Coal Commission are still ongoing, experts state that the energy transition in the Czech Republic is effectively yet to start.
Experts, therefore, call to complement positive steps in single sectors, like e.g. buildings and freight transport, with strong overarching and economy-wide policies like an effective carbon tax, embedded in a National Climate law.
The following national experts agreed to be mentioned as contributors for this year’s CCPI: Mirek Prokeš (Friends of Nature), Katerina Davidova (Centre for Transport and Energy).