Touted as leading example of successful renewable energy strategies, the town of Koło will see the building of a geothermal well and an associated geothermal energy plant, which will move the town away from its dependence on coal and help to improve the town’s air quality.
The European Commission has asked Poland to bring air pollution laws in line with EU legislation.
The Polish cumulative CO2 footprint covered by the EU's emission system ETS declined by 6.84 percent year on year in 2020, the National Centre for Emissions Management has reported.
Poland will need to subsidise its coal-fired power plants given the current high CO2 emission prices in order to prevent increases in household bills, deputy PM and State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin has said.
The Polish government plans to build a new, zero-emission energy system within the next 20 years, the deputy climate minister said on Wednesday.
EU cohesion policy and its funding of gas projects, and the new EU budget dominated Tuesday's online talks between Funding and Regional Policy Minister Malgorzata Jarosinska-Jedynak and EU Cohesion and Reforms Commissioner Elisa Ferreira.
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.
Polish fuel firm PKN Orlen estimates that capital expenditure on projects to reduce CO2 emissions will amount to over PLN 25 billion (EUR 5.6 bln) by 2030, the group has announced in a press release.
Poland's Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski declared on Tuesday that Poland needed ca. EUR 700-900 billion for a transformation leading to a net zero emission economy while the energy sector alone needed PLN 300-400 billion (EUR 68.6-91.5 billion).
The current situation on the EU emission allowances market (EU ETS) and the rally in EU ETS prices should be a cause for concern for the European Commission, which should consider intervention, Polish Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski told PAP.