BA: CLIMATE POLICY A LA POLOGNE

On the 25th January, another meeting of the Parliamentary Mining and Energy Team took place in the Sejm. This time devoted to “Perspectives of the Polish mining and energy sector in the light of the 24th UN Climate Summit in Katowice on 3-14 December 2018.”

The Leader of the Team, Ireneusz Zyska (Free and Solidary – WiS) emphasized, opening the meeting, that the COP is held in Poland for the third time. This time, in the sharp context of the decarbonisation process favoured by the majority of the European Union, understood as the accelerated decommissioning of coal-fired power generation and coal mining. However, as Poland, we cannot lose this COP24, we must do everything we can to reap the maximum benefit from it for our economy, energy, and mining.

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In the debate, Wiesław Klimek, from the Polish Industrial Lobby named after Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski, pointed out that in the preparations for COP24, it is an anachronism to refer to the Kyoto Protocol again. Climate change and its causes now need to be looked at differently. Practically and realistically, but not ideologically. Klimek also pointed out that Poland has a well-developed energy industry and it is worthwhile to enter the green energy industry with the production of appropriate installations.

Prof. Konrad Świrski has characterised the COPs. Their role is different than we think. These are not mass discussions, but rather taking up the predefined assumptions in a narrow circle. They are supposed to greatly accelerate the development of green energy. There is not much we can do here – because the roles are already being given out – said the professor. We can only protect our fundamental interests in backstage negotiations. “What is needed is an idea of how to do it without fighting head on.”

Tomasz Rogala, the President of the Polish Mining Group, stressed that each successive COP should set general objectives in climate policy. No specific standards or limits should be set. For the time being – as noted by Rogala – the European Union has shown that it is not at all capable of planning, including decarbonisation. This is clearly demonstrated by the development of coal-fired power generation and the rise in CO2 emissions in Germany.

Dawid Salamądry, an energy market expert, stated in a corrigendum that “coal is still being invested in, although not in the EU. For example, China or the major Singaporean companies are investing huge funds in the construction of modern, high-efficiency coal-fired power plants and in coal mining.”

At the end of the debate, Deputy Minister Sałek stressed that in energy and climate policy (…)

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