Climate neutrality a great challenge of civilisation - minister

"If the transformation is not fair, it will fail. It is our duty to work out such solutions so that nobody stays behind," added Kurtyka. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Poland's Climate Minister Michal Kurtyka addressing a Paris conference on Wednesday said that credibility and fair distribution of costs and benefits are of key importance to solving climate problems.

"Credibility in implementation of climate policy, a fair distribution of costs and benefits, the launching of grassroots initiatives, including technological innovations, are key challenges in solving climate problems," Kurtyka, the COP24 president, pointed out when addressing participants in the "Building an Energy and Climate Grand Coalition" debate that had been organised by the International Energy Agency.

The minister added that achieving climate neutrality is "a huge challenge of civilisation that will require from all of us the need to change energy production methods, modes of transportation, living and even our eating habits. However, we must be able to convince communities that changes in the model of life do not mean a deterioration in its quality."

Minister Kurtyka said that energy transformation must take place in solidarity and fairness. "The key is to provide assistance and protection to those most affected by the transformation. Given the scale of the challenge, there will be more and more social groups who will be interested in a fair distribution of costs and benefits resulting from the transformation," the Ministry of Climate quoted Minister Kurtyka in a press release as saying.

"If the transformation is not fair, it will fail. It is our duty to work out such solutions so that nobody stays behind," added Kurtyka.