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.