Climate min, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency discuss Poland's energy plan

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Poland's Climate Minister Michal Kurtyka held an online debate on Monday with the head of OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) William D. Magwood, about the draft Polish Energy Policy until 2040 (PEP 2040), the climate ministry said in a Tuesday press release.

The main topics of the Monday talk included the transition to clean energy, decarbonisation of the power generation sector, the green recovery of economies after COVID-19 and plans to build nuclear power plants in Poland.

According to the climate ministry, the EU's Sustainable Development Strategy and the recently set target for climate neutrality by 2050 pose a huge challenge for Poland, which has a "unique energy basket" still mainly based on coal.

However, "Poland is determined to change its energy mix, modernise industry and maintain the competitiveness of its economy (...) while leaving the door open for all technologies that can contribute to combating climate change," Kurtyka said during the Monday debate.

Both the PEP 2040 and the draft national plan for energy and the climate for the years 2021-2030 (KPEiK) foresee a significant drop in the share of coal in energy production, an increased target share of renewable sources as well as the implementation of nuclear power in Poland.