Poland’s climate policy shows ‘disappointing lack of ambition’

PEP 2040 was revealed last week, outlining an effective strategy for the decarbonisation of the Polish economy, however, the report has been denounced, not only by Ember but also other experts in this field, who have highlighted three main concerns in the report. [Shutterstock/fotohuta]

“Poland’s Energy Policy until 2040 (PEP 2040) has a “disappointing lack of ambition,” according to climate change think-tank Ember.

PEP 2040 was revealed last week, outlining an effective strategy for the decarbonisation of the Polish economy,  however, the report has been denounced, not only by Ember but also other experts in this field, who have highlighted three main concerns in the report.

The first concern raised was that Poland alone could hamper the EU’s 55% GHG emissions reduction target for 2030, by having 75 TWh of electricity coming from coal in 2030, when the recommendation for every EU country is to reduce the coal production to about 55 TWh in the next nine years.

The second observation focuses on the expansion of the use of fossil gas from 14 TWh in 2019 to 54 TWh in 2030, which will make Poland the EU’s third-largest gas-generating country by 2030.

Finally, PEP2040 highly undermines the role of renewables in Poland’s energy transition. Ember highlighted that the projections for deploying renewables are almost identical to the old scenarios which assumed much lower CO2 prices.

“Until 2040, Poland intends to stick to coal and build new power plants using fossil gas. With PEP2040 as the only plan, Poland risks a painful, unplanned withdrawal from coal, which may worsen the situation of energy-intensive industries, and in the long run also the entire economy,” said Ember’s analyst Małgorzata Kasprzak.

(Joanna Jakubowska | EURACTIV.pl)

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