A Czech industrial bright spot in the climate debate

Stavitelství Vácha is a Czech construction company and one of VisBlue’s international collaborations. Vácha is a family-owned business that, among other things, constructs grocery shops for retailers such as Lidl and Tesco. Vácha is a company with a distinct green corporate identity. By investing in a VisBlue redox flow battery, Vácha manages to lower their impact on the environment as they are now boosting their consumption of solar energy instead of relying solely on fossil fuels.

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From the project’s early stages Vácha wanted to lower their consumption of power which was produced by foreign energy sources. Therefore, Vácha chose to invest in solar panels and subsequently a redox flow battery with 45 kW and 225 kWh. By extending their production with a battery, Vácha are now able to lower their emission rate with 113 tons each year. This pollutant reduction is attributable to the battery that saves Vácha from buying 112.040 kWh worth of energy a year from foreign energy sources.

Several aspects of the Vácha project do not only affect Vácha but do also impact locally and globally. On a local scale, Vácha effectively reduce their carbon footprint which sustains the health of employees as well as the public health in the region. On a global scale, Vácha takes responsibility and shows how a family-owned business can be a monumental frontrunner in the green transition, which should be a transition that other entities in the industrial sector should adopt. As of now, the industry is one of the most harmful sectors in terms of carbon-footprinting. On that account, an equal level of responsibility should fall on this sector in terms of the green transition. Vácha is a bright example on how to manage this responsibility and sustains, not only a future for themselves, but a future for everyone.