Climate ministry concerned about EC proposal to up CO2 reduction target

In a statement published on Wednesday, the Polish Climate Ministry stated that it was concerned about the announcement made by the president of the EC. Tomasz Gzell/PAP

The Polish Ministry of Climate has stated that it was uneasy about the European Commission's proposal, announced on Wednesday, to increase the emission reduction target by 2030 to "at least 55 percent," without its presenting any measures to implement this.

In her State of the European Union speech given on Wednesday, European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen spoke before the European Parliament about the plans and priorities of the European Commission for the coming year. The majority of the speech concerned economic issues. The head of the EC announced that it would propose an increase in the target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from 40 percent to at least 55 percent, relative to the 1990 level.

In a statement published on Wednesday, the Polish Climate Ministry stated that it was concerned about the announcement made by the president of the EC.

"We are dismayed with the EC's proposal to increase the emission reduction target by 2030 to 'at least 55 percent,' without its presenting any measures to implement this. Ursula von der Leyen (...) did not justify this particular level during her speech," said the ministry.

According to the ministry, the new CO2 reduction target will mean that the related burden will not be "distributed evenly among all countries, but will be greater for countries with higher emissions, such as Poland." It added that the EC president did not provide any information in her speech concerning the new EU goal and what type of support would be available to the member states in this matter.

"We support the proposal to increase energy efficiency and increase the share of renewable energy, but these changes will not lead to the achievement of the increased goal," noted the ministry.