Energy Community duo cycles 460 km to this year’s Summer School to underscore importance of decarbonisation and sustainability

26 August 2019

The clean energy transition is at the heart of the Energy Community’s activities and constitutes the key focus of this year’s Energy Community Summer School taking place on 24-31 August in Kraków, Poland. In order to reduce the carbon footprint of the event and demonstrate the importance of taking ambitious actions to mitigate climate change, a small team of experts of the Energy Community Secretariat left the Vienna premises early today for a 460-kilometre journey through Austria, Slovakia and Poland. 

The Secretariat’s Senior Environmental Expert, Peter Vajda, said: “Emission abatement is a central part of the work of the Energy Community. While this week’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of our organization may seem like a drop in the ocean, I hope it will raise awareness of the 40 young people taking part in this year’s Summer School but also beyond on the need to take an active role in the energy transition.”

Each cyclist will save 120.3 kgs of CO2 emissions compared to going by plane once the costs of bicycle production and maintenance have been accounted for.* Building on their efforts, the majority of this year’s Summer School speakers are traveling to the event venue by train instead of using aerial transport.

The bicycle duo, Peter Vajda and Jan Matyas, are expected to reach Kraków on Thursday. Follow their journey on Facebook.  


*emissions calculated via