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  • 2022 June 25 13:04

    ČEZ Group becomes first Czech company to have climate targets validated

    The ČEZ Group’s plan to halve emissions from electricity production by 2030 has been endorsed by the globally recognised expert initiative SBTi. ČEZ is the first Czech company to receive the official validation that the declared targets of the largest Czech energy company are in line with the Paris Agreement on limiting global warming. International verification of companies’ decarbonisation targets has become a requirement of banks, insurance companies and investment funds.

    CEZ Group submitted their decarbonization targets for evaluation and validation to the international SBTi (Science Based Targets initiative), which provides expert assessment of climate targets based on the latest scientific knowledge. The SBTi is supported by globally recognised institutions such as the United Nations, the World Wildlife Fund and CDP. More than 3,000 companies have registered their climate targets with the initiative.

    The validation by SBTi has confirmed that ČEZ Group’s planned decarbonisation strategy meets the conditions of the Paris Agreement on limiting global warming to well-below 2°C. ČEZ Group has become the first Czech company to obtain emission reduction target validation by SBTi.

    SBTi validation is also an important ESG indicator: it is required by an increasing number of financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies, and also by major investment houses (e. g. Blackrock, JP Morgan AM, BNY Mellon, Capital Management and Goldman Sachs AM), mutual funds and shareholders.

    The SBTi assessed ČEZ’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in all three Scope categories. ČEZ addresses Scope 1 (direct emissions from production, industrial processes, and company-owned vehicles) and Scope 2 (indirect emissions associated with the consumption of purchased energy - electricity, heat, steam or cooling which are not generated directly in the company) as part of its plan to reduce the intensity of its emissions by more than half, from 0.38 tonnes of CO2e/MWh in 2019 to 0.16 in 2030. In the Scope 3 category (indirect emissions which are related to the company’s activities, and which originate from sources outside the company’s control or ownership), ČEZ wants to reduce emissions by 30%.

    SBTi - The SBTi is an initiative which defines and promotes ambitious science-based approaches to setting climate targets, provides technical and expert support to companies wishing to set climate targets, and independently evaluates these proposed corporate targets. More than 3,200 companies from all around the world have currently registered their climate targets with SBTi.


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