Czech rail institute completes first phase of decarbonization plan

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VUZ, a Czech-based railway research institute, has announced that it has completed the first stage of its decarbonization activities. This includes using 100% renewable energy for its own consumption and for the tests it carries out for customers.

This stage also included the measurement of its carbon footprint by an independent expert authority. Following this, VUZ applied for verification status. The actual carbon footprint measurement focused not only on emissions caused by VUZ’s own activities, but also on ​​indirect emissions under Scope 3, within which securing the power supply from renewable sources significantly reduced total emissions.

In the second stage of decarbonization, the plan is to reduce consumption within ​​Scope 1, especially in ​​heating and consumption management.

VUZ aims to demonstrate the carbon footprint measurement and reduction in a verifiable way and rank among the leading EU companies that take their responsibility for the environmental protection seriously.

Martin Bělčík, CEO, VUZ said, “By switching to green energy and constant carbon footprint measurement, VUZ proves to its customers that it takes environmental protection issues seriously. Just as we monitor the latest development and set trends in our fields of expertise, we cannot lag in this area and wait for somebody to instruct us what to do. Our customers expect us to behave responsibly, and we are obliged to meet their expectations.”

VUZ specializes in providing professional services and comprehensive solutions in the field of assessment, certification and testing of railway vehicles, railway systems and rail transport.