Polish Briefing 16 July, 2019 9:00 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

Polish Briefing: The discussion about climate neutrality must take the social aspect into account

What goes on in Poland on the 16th of July.

Baranowski: The discussion about climate neutrality must take the social aspect into account

The President of Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE), Henryk Baranowski, spoke in favor of a just energy transition during the opening of PKEE Summer Day in Brussels. – The social aspect of transformation can not be underestimated – the conference host claimed. – These will be key subjects for discussion on the objectives of the European Union by 2050. Climate neutrality should include support for changes and various starting points in individual countries – he said.

According to the president of PGE, it should not be forgotten that countries with Gross Domestic Product below the European average are not able to pay for changes without support, because otherwise they may face the risk of increasing energy poverty. Baranowski expressed his hope that the new European Commission will work for a just energy transformation in the spirit of the COP24 climate summit in Katowice and taking into account the social aspect.

Morawiecka: Offshore simply pays off

The CEO of PGE Baltica responsible for the offshore wind farm project at PGE3 argues that this technology pays off, and it is not worth not to have it.

– You can often hear that offshore wind farms are good but too expensive. We can not talk like that anymore. This technology is already profitable. Cost is the most important argument for wind farms at sea. It has gone so low that offshore is now profitable. Soon it may turn out that it is unprofitable to not have this technology – argued Monika Morawiecka.

– We have economic reasons for the development of renewable sources. Of course, we also have important climate policy goals, but even without them it would be worth investing – she added during the PKEE Summer Day in Brussels.