Unions from Poland's mining region of Silesia on Friday signed an agreement with a government delegation on the principles and timing of the transformation of the country's mining industry, whereby the last Polish coal mine will be closed down in 2049.
Poland will adopt a long-term model of transforming its mining industry and departing from its reliance on coal, following the example of Germany, agreed a government delegation and mining unions on Thursday morning after hours of talks.
Production of coal in Poland fell by 15.8 percent year on year in August 2020, reaching 4.24 million tonnes, the Central Statistics Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.
European Commission (EC) Vice-President Frans Timmermans has told a Polish daily that a transition, which is to offer a development prospect to regions based on coal, should be prepared now and that, with regard to this issue, he was optimistic about Poland.
Australian mining firm Prairie Mining has launched international arbitration proceedings against Poland, claiming damages for the alleged hindering of the development of its two coal mines located in the country, the company said in a news release.
A new draft energy policy until 2040 foresees the share of coal in the energy mix falling to 35.6 - 56 percent in 10 years, compared to the 56-60 percent provided for in a government report last November, the Puls Biznesu business daily reported on Tuesday.
Production of coal in Poland fell by 5.7 percent year on year in July 2020, reaching 5.0 million tonnes, the Central Statistics Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.
Poland's coal sales in June 2019 stood at 4 million tonnes, up from 3.46 million tonnes in May 2020 and down from 4.44 mln tonnes in June 2019, Poland's Industrial Development Agency (ARP) has said.
Deputy PM Jacek Sasin has told the daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna that Poland should cease to be based on coal energy by 2060 at the latest. He added that a feasible repair programme for the mining sector had to be ready in two months.
Production of coal in Poland fell by 39.5 percent year on year in May 2020, reaching 3.2 million tonnes, the Central Statistics Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.