On Wednesday, 6 June, 2018, a discussion workshop dedicated to renewable energy, energy transition at local level and the possibilities of relevant funding took place as a parallel event to the Summer Healthy Cities School in Roznov pod Radhostem. The workshop was held by the Czech Healthy Cities National Network in partnership with the Association of Energy Managers of Cities and Towns. The seminar also welcomed the representative of the international Covenant of Mayors programme and the association of European municipalities EnergyCities who took the floor as well. Furthermore, it was possible to join a discussion about current possibilities that Czech and Slovak cities have to implement energy transformation, decarbonisation of the territory, enhancing adaptation to climate change and improving citizens' access to affordable, cheap and clean energy. The national level was represented by the representatives from the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Industry and Trade who reported on the possibilities of financial support. The participants had also a unique opportunity to consult investment projects with the representative of the European organization ELENA, a European Investment Bank initiative aimed at providing grants for technical assistance focused on the implementation of energy efficiency, distributed renewable energy and urban transport projects and programmes. The added value of the ELENA programme is not only its financial support for innovation, but also the acceleration of the preparatory phases which are crucial for the successful setting up and completion of the project.
An integral part of the project was the presentation of examples of the practice of energy innovations in Czech cities which have many years' experience implementing energy efficient solutions and are signatories to the Covenant of Mayors. The workshop also offered the possibility of drawing inspiration from successful projects of partner cities from Slovakia.
The final discussions at the roundtables resulted in specific themes and challenges the cities are faced with. These themes include streamlining financial planning within the city, support for pilot projects, the need for qualitative criteria for different measurement methods, problematic availability of energy data, management of buildings owned by the city and the absence of the post of energy manager in cities.