Polish PM calls for Europe's plan on independence from Russian fossil fuels

Morawiecki (L) told a press conference that the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline would be ready by the end of this year and then Poland could start shipping 10 billion cubic meters of gas from Norway. He added that this will make Poland independent from Russian gas. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has appealed to the European Commission and Western European countries to develop a roadmap towards achieving "the desired independence from Russian oil, natural gas and coal".

Morawiecki made the appeal in Oslo on Tuesday after his meeting with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stor.

He said that such a plan would be the most difficult in the case of gas and pointed to the role of Norway as a country rich in natural resources.

He told a press conference that the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline would be ready by the end of this year and then Poland could start shipping 10 billion cubic meters of gas from Norway. He added that this will make Poland independent from Russian gas.

The Baltic Pipe runs along the Baltic seabed and is a Polish-Danish strategic gas infrastructure project that will allow the transport of gas from Norway.

Meanwhile, the European Commission (EC) on Tuesday proposed an outline of a plan to make Europe independent from Russian hydrocarbons well before 2030, starting with gas.

The EC wants to reduce the EU demand for Russian gas by two thirds before the end of the year. It plans to achieve this by switching to alternative supplies and faster development of clean energy.

It is estimated that currently around 40 percent of the gas imported to the EU comes from Russia.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: "We must become independent from Russian oil, coal and gas. We simply cannot rely on a supplier who explicitly threatens us. The quicker we switch to renewables and hydrogen, combined with more energy efficiency, the quicker we will be truly independent and master our energy system."