The European Commission president has reacted to an energy resolution adopted by Poland's Silesia mining region by suggesting the reduction in overall demand for fossil fuels.
Polish power plants consumed over one fifth more coal to produce electricity in the first 10 months of the year compared to the same period of 2020, the Polish Mining Group (PGG) has reported.
Poland could stop mining coal in 2044 and no longer use it as a fuel in 2046, a few years earlier than the official 2049 deadline for the end of coal, Polish Economic Institute (PIE) experts predict in a report.
Poland has started talks with the European Commission on the pre-notification of its hard coal mining phase-out programme, State Assets Minister Artur Soboń told a public radio broadcast.
Poland's ruling coalition is facing the loss of its parliamentary majority after three MPs quit Law and Justice (PiS), the coalition’s dominant party.
Government and union delegates in Katowice, southern Poland on Friday sealed a social contract for the Polish mining sector as Poland enters an EU-imposed energy transformation procedure aimed at eliminating coal from the European energy mix.
Energy transformation, in accordance with the principle of "just transformation", must be participatory, that is, carried out locally, President Andrzej Duda has said.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Moraiecki has forwarded condolences to the families of two miners killed in an accident in the Myslowice-Wesola coal mine in southern Poland on Thursday.
The closure of hard coal mines over the next three decades could lead to the elimination of up to 75,900 jobs in the mining-related sector, according to a new report.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said that Poland will press ahead with plans to upgrade the Polish mining sector.