Current targets for the renewable energy share in Poland’s power mix are inadequate, says Polish think tank the Instrat Foundation in a new report.
Bumping up EU climate decisions to national leaders might seem like recognition of the urgency to act, but in reality it may slow down Europe’s energy transition.
The Three Seas Initiative between countries in the east of Europe remains, with US support, focused on gas. Switching its attention to renewables would avoid stranded assets and boost technological, industrial and economic transformation, writes Julian Popov from the European Climate Foundation.
Poland is proposing to nationalise coal plants, but whether the move would speed up or delay the country’s coal exit is unclear.
Poland may have a reputation as a climate sceptic, but by at least one measure it is building back better than most. Nonetheless, it will need to match EU recovery funds with strong climate policies to really break away from coal.
Warsaw has largely stopped trying to block or slow down the energy transition at EU level. Instead, it is now trying to secure funds to finance it.
Eastern European leaders frequently hinder climate negotiations in Brussels, but this attitude is damaging their development as well as efforts to tackle climate change.
As MEPs and governments thrash out the details of the Just Transition Fund, it is important they ensure the fund helps deliver on the target of a 55% cut in emissions by 2030.
Countries in Eastern Europe are often seen as climate action laggards, but the reality is more complicated.
Analysts say Prime Minister Morawiecki’s latest evasion of the 2050 net-zero goal is no real victory for Warsaw.