Poland Keeps Coal

Hope is not Lost

Hope is not Lost

Poland does not have to give up using coal in order to implement new regulations on preventing air pollution. However, this will not be achieved without costly investments in infrastructure. On the other hand, if the Polish government decides to invest then the European Commission will declare any government aid illegal and Poland will then face a rise in the price of energy. Polish deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Janusz Piechociński, declared at a meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP), to which both the Polish People’s Party (PSL) and Civic Platform (PO), government coalition partners, belong, that Poland does not intend to give up using coal as its primary source of energy. This is a key statement following the decision on investment in nuclear power. Nonetheless, Piechociński also highlighted the necessity to support investment in the development of environmentally-friendly technologies which would allow Poland to meet the EU regulations on the reduction of air pollution by 2020. This problem is obvious most in Kraków which is number three on the European Environment Agency list of most polluted cities in Europe. Despite guidelines on the reduction of hazardous substances in the air, the European Commission confirmed that they are not going to interfere in EU member state decisions on sources of energy. Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy and Transport at the European Commission, admitted that member states should have the right to decide the scale of usage of renewable energy. The Commission, however, is going to introduce a motivation plan to provide an impetus for an increase in renewable energy. “Nowadays about 20% of total energy consumption in Europe comes from renewable energy sources. This is a good starting point,” says Ristori.

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