An attempt to elaborate a common position of Polish industry in light of the upcoming COP21 climate summit in Paris was the objective of a meeting of the Energy Platform held on October 17th at the offices of Employers of Poland.
The meeting, chaired by Chairman of PSE Henryk Majchrzak, was attended by members of the Energy Platform of Employers of Poland and other energy companies, representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Central Europe Energy Partners.
– The Polish energy industry faces numerous challenges. We also have several advantages – one of them is energy security built on the basis of our own resources – said Majchrzak, co-chairman of the Platform. – We are also opening towards external markets: these processes have to be taken into consideration when planning the development of our production capacities. When investing modern energy sources, we have ensure that they are competitive, not only today, but also in 15, 20 and 30 years. Most importantly, they should also be compatible with a wider climate policy, as there can be no doubt that Europe is moving towards a common, unified approach to climate – he added. – The question is how to meet the objectives of such a policy.
Discussion focused on the impact of the EU energy and climate policy and the potential influence of a global climate agreement on the future of the energy sector and industry in Poland.
– The Paris summit may be a watershed moment for Polish mining industry – says Jarosław Zagórowski, Vicepresident of Employers of Poland and co-chairman of the Platform. – It is both an opportunity and a threat. After all we all want to meet the adopted environmental goals – we want to live in a cleaner world. However, Polish mining is fundamental for our energy security. Thus, the question is to what extent we are able to present the message that mining is not that bad, that coal-based energy can be much cleaner than it is now – he emphasizes.
– Employers of Poland expect clarity and decisiveness in the positions of international organizations, so that the obligations imposed on particular countries, as well as their impact on greenhouse gas emission limits, are clear – summarized Leszek Juchniewicz, Adviser to the President of Employers of Poland.
The Paris 2015 climate summit will take place between November 30th and December 11th. The aim of COP21 is to reach a global agreement on climate, which should result in decreasing global warming by at least 2⁰C. The conference and accompanying events will attract over 40 000 participants, 25 000 of whom will be official representatives of ca. 200 member states, participating on behalf of governments NGOs, international organizations, science and business.
The EU position was de facto agreed in October 2014. The European Council passed a binding obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emission by at least 40 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2030. Two other important climate policy goals to be met by 203o were also accepted: ensuring that at least 27 percent of energy used in the EU comes from renewable sources and a further improvement of energy efficiency by at least 27 percent. During negotiations, Poland achieved a larger pool of emission permits, including a modernization reserve and the assignment of free of charge reduction permits for the energy sector. Therefore, our country met its goals for the meeting of the European Council.