Výzkumný Ústav Železniční, a.s. has achieved great success in the company’s effort to limit its environmental impact and reduced its overall carbon footprint by 28.97 % compared to the base year of 2019. The calculation was made in accordance with the GHG Protocol international standard and documented in the VUZ Carbon Footprint Report.
The overall carbon footprint of VUZ amounted to 3,589.95 tons of CO2e, which means a drop of almost 30 % compared to the year of the first measurement. The considerable progress was enabled mainly by the purchase of certified green electricity from renewable resources both for the company operations and for implementation of tests carried out for company clients; its emission factor is zero.
Carbon footprint measurement is a part of VUZ’s long-term environmental strategy covering a wide range of measures. The company is at the same time a holder of the 2021 CDP Certificate, while it has been ranked “C” – “awareness” level. CDP is an independent organization that assists leading companies in monitoring and disclosing data on their environmental impact. Within this global reporting system, VUZ is a pioneer in the Central and Eastern Europe, and one of 12 % of enterprises that reached a comparable level in the relevant segment (including Deutsche Bahn AG, or Canadian National Railway Company).
Carbon footprint is a benchmark measuring the impact of human activities on the environment, and particularly on the climate change. It is an indirect indicator of consumption of energy, products and services, and in case of organizations it determines the amount of greenhouse gases related to their activities.
“This remarkable success motivates VUZ to keep improving in all areas of our activities and develop in an environmentally friendly way,” said Ing. Martin Bělčík, Chairman of the Board and General Director, VUZ.
Výzkumný Ústav Železniční, a.s. – the European leader in railway testing and certification
Výzkumný Ústav Železniční, a.s. (VUZ) is a company specialized in providing professional services and complex solutions in the field of assessment, certification and testing of rolling stock, railway systems and railway transport.
Our customers are manufacturers of rolling stock and railway system and railway transport components, railway infrastructure owners, railway and railway transport operators, state authorities and institutions seated both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Prague, 6 June 2022