Energy saving project

Name of the program: Operational Program Enterprise and Innovation for Competitiveness (hereinafter the "Program")

Call title: III. Call of the Energy Saving Support Program (hereinafter the “Call")

Project title: SOKV České Budějovice, Assembly plant building – energy saving project (hereinafter the "Project")

Basic information about the Operational Program

ČD Cargo submitted an application for financial support for the implementation of a project concerning the insulation of the assembly plant building in České Budějovice within the Operational Program Enterprise and Innovation for Competitiveness 2014-2020 (support program "Energy Savings", III. Call) whose managing authority is the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The aim of the Program as well as of the Call is to support reduction of energy intensity of the enterprise sector. The supported measures are intended to save final energy consumption. At the same time, the Program is to contribute to the fulfilment of Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on energy efficiency, which stipulates the introduction of indicative national energy efficiency targets by 2020. The planned allocation of the Call is CZK 6 billion. The level of support for a "large enterprise", the definition of which ČD Cargo meets within the Program, is provided up to 30% of eligible costs.

Project description

The subject of this energy-saving project is the insulation of the building shell and replacement of the existing fluorescent lamps with LED lighting units. The assembly plant building located on the premises of the Rolling Stock Repair Centre in České Budějovice is owned by ČD Cargo, a.s., and it is used for component repairs of traction vehicles. The project concerns not only the main two-storey hall of the assembly plant, but also the adjacent MTZ warehouse and the single-storey hall. The building was built in 1952, which corresponds to its current state.

The assembly plant building consists of three parts – the hall of the building covering both floors, the adjoining ground floor warehouse with a ramp and an outdoor storage shelter. Furthermore, a single-storey hall adjoins the building, through which one track passes. In the main hall, which also includes workshops, there are four tracks where locomotive repairs are carried out. On the 2nd floor, there are changing rooms and sanitary facilities for employees.

As mentioned above, the Project consists of two parts:

  • improvement of thermal technical properties of the surface building structures,
  • replacement of the existing hall lighting – installation of LED lighting units.

As part of the insulation of the building shell, the perimeter structure and roof structure will be insulated and the vent fillings replaced. The shape and architectural expression of the building will not change, but the facade will be completely cleaned of unused and obsolete elements and only functional structures will be left. The bearing and building structures remain intact. The insulated building envelope is then designed in a colour corresponding to the Manual of a unified visual style of ČD Cargo, which achieves an appearance representing the company ČD Cargo, a.s.

The project will result in significant annual energy savings of 1 238 GJ, which represents a saving of 55.9%. And there will also be a reduction in CO2 emissions of 224.4 tonnes per year. It is thus clear that the deliverables of the project will have positive impacts on the environment in the immediate vicinity, in the region and the entire Czech Republic as an EU Member State. The planned activities will generate a lower share of emissions, lower energy consumption and, of course, they will increase the aesthetic value of the property in question.

The total estimated costs of the ČD Cargo Project before the tender were set at CZK 14.8 million. The construction site was handed over to the selected contractor on 6 August 2018, and the implementation should be completed by 31 December 2018.