Sko-EnergoCzech Republic – Over the 20 years the OEM has been working with its energy provider, Sko-Energo, production has seen a drop of more than 50% in energy use and a “significant” reduction in water consumption (including 15% in 2014).

“Using energy efficiently gives companies a real competitive edge,” said Michael Oeljeklaus, Skoda board member for Production and Logistics. “With the support of Sko-Energo, we have managed to optimise our use of energy, and significantly reduce the environmental impact per vehicle produced over the last 20 years.”

Between 1995 and 2014, Skoda’s vehicle production in the Czech Republic increased from 208,000 to approximately 600,000 vehicles per year. In collaboration with Sko-Energo, the OEM has also cut its energy consumption per vehicle produced from 3.9 to 1.75MWh.

Since early 2013, Skoda has united its sustainability efforts under its GreenFuture plan. In addition to improving the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of its vehicles (GreenProduct), the OEM aims to reduce the environmental impact of its production by 25% before 2018 (GreenProduction). Skoda is also taking steps to enhance the eco-friendliness of dealerships and workshops (GreenRetail).

GreenProduction focuses on five key parameters: energy, water, CO2, waste and volatile organic compounds. Between 2010 and 2015, energy consumption decreased by nearly 21%, and water by 22%. Partly from the use of biomass at a Sko-Energo thermal power station in Mladá Boleslav, CO2 has dropped by almost 44%.

Based in Mladá Boleslav, Sko-Energo supplies Skoda’s three Czech plants – Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny and Vrchlabí – with electricity, water, heat, gas and compressed air. The vehicle-maker has a 44.5% share in the company.