Polish official announces future energy plans
PR dla Zagranicy
Less than 60 percent of Poland's energy production will come from coal by 2030 while gas, renewable sources and nuclear reactors will make up the rest, Poland's deputy energy minister has said.
Bełchatów Power Station in central Poland. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Pibwl.
Speaking at a meeting of government officials, mining unionists and employers, Grzegorz Tobiszowski said that mining would continue to be the backbone of Poland's energy sector because it allows for Poland's energy independence and boosts competitiveness.
“Developing the main directions of growth in Poland's energy sector we were guided above all by security concerns and the economic interests of our country and citizens,” Tobiszewski said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Environment Minister Mariusz Orion Jędrysek said the government's natural resource policy would reduce the “negative effects of EU regulations”, which includes an emissions trading system.
The system, the cornerstone of the EU's climate policy, caps how much greenhouse gases can be emitted in energy production but allows countries to trade allowances.
Tobiszowski also said a decision on whether Poland would continue to build a nuclear power plant would be taken by the end of the year.
The plant has already cost some PLN 200 million but the government has said it cannot be funded by the state budget, according to radio station RMF, and is looking for funding.
According to the economy ministry, in 2008 coal had a 56 percent share in demand for primary energy, while crude oil had 25 percent and gas and biomass made up the rest.