The time to take a decision on the new EU climate policy objectives in the 2030 perspective is coming closer. - Implementing the European Commission's ideas can be very costly for the Polish economy - says Piotr Wołejko, expert of the Employers of Poland.
The objectives of the Commission are: a 40-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a 27-percent share of renewable energy sources in the total energy production on the EU-wide level. Consent to such high thresholds is not in the interest of Polish economy.
Employers' organizations support the government in its opposition to the EU climate policy that is ambitious yet indifferent to the socio-economic costs. It is difficult to agree on a uniform approach to all the states and to an attempt to control the economy centrally, at the planned economy fashion. Climate policy is also inconsistent with other policies – we will not rebuild European industry if energy prices constantly increase.
Not every country can base its energy mix on renewable sources because not everyone has proper conditions for it. Therefore, climate policy should be flexible and tailored to each country separately. A single solution for all - espoused by the European Commission - with the support of the most developed Member States - cannot work out. Such a position should be presented by the Polish government during negotiations in Brussels.
Piotr Wołejko, expert of the Employers of Poland