Since the very beginning, the COP21 climate summit confirms the commitment to address climate issues and the political will to adopt a global climate agreement. Greenhouse gas emissions have to be reduced globally and systemically, but the intensity and dynamics have to vary between countries – writes Leszek Juchniewicz, adviser to the President of Employers of Poland, in an article for “Rzeczpospolita”.
According to him, the summit drew entrepreneurs’ attention not only due to the importance of coal for Polish economy. It was also notable as the position of Polish government was unclear almost until the last minute. – Now, the emotions have calmed a bit and the approach to global climate dialog is constructive. The Polish government is rightly of the opinion that climate protections is worth the effort only when all countries voluntarily sign an agreement with obligations they have accepted: justly, in solidarity and in accordance with their capacities – assesses Juchniewicz.
What is the response of Polish business to the challenges presented by both global and EU climate policy? – We are well aware that we are faced with an enormous investment effort – many difficult changes were made in the process of transforming our economy, but we still need time and possibly derogations to make further investments. No one should expect these changes to be made in a very short timeframe, without a transition period. The current emission reduction dynamics will not be maintained. In Poland’s case, the specificity of our energy sector has to be taken into consideration – the availability of natural resources, technology and infrastructure. We also cannot consent to the weakening of our economy, leading to consumers suffering the painful and excessive consequences of adaptation – concludes the adviser of the President of Employers of Poland.