Polish Briefing 16 August, 2021 9:00 am   

Polish Briefing: Greenpeace criticizes Poland’s NPP plans in the Financial Times | Ukraine counts on more investments by PKN Orlen


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

Greenpeace criticizes Poland’s nuclear plans in the Financial Times. Gas and renewable energy in return?

Greenpeace has criticized Poland’s energy strategy in the Financial Times and does not believe in the possibility of building the first nuclear reactor by 2033.
According to the Financial Times, the Polish energy strategy is an example of the difficult choices facing EU countries in relation to the Fit for 55 package. According to the EU plan, the reduction of CO2 emissions is to be accelerated, with the goal of a decrease by 55 percent by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050. Poles want to decarbonise with the use of nuclear power plants, the first of which is to be built in 2033.

Poland’s Climate and Environment Minister Michał Kurtyka says that the plan to build the first nuclear reactor in Poland in 2033 is “perfectly feasible”. Joanna Flisowska from Greenpeace, quoted by the Financial Times, claims that “no one in the world builds nuclear reactors so quickly”. The newspaper has also quoted Tomasz Nowak from the opposition party Civic Platform, who argues that the government is doing nothing to convince the residents of a potential location in Pomerania that the NPP is good plan.

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine counts on more investments by PKN Orlen

“We are working on ensuring that Orlen invests even more in Ukraine,” said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kiev on Friday, summing up the visit of the PKN Orlen delegation to his country.

Kuleba said that a delegation from PKN Orlen, headed by the company CEO Daniel Obajtek, paid a visit to Ukraine this week. He added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine organized meetings of the delegation with representatives of the authorities and state-owned enterprises. “There were very specific, subject talks,” the minister emphasized. Kuleba reminded that Orlen was already present on the Ukrainian market: it owns approximately 15 percent of the fuel market, and 20 percent of the aviation fuel market.

“We are working on ensuring that this company invests even more money in the Ukrainian economy,” the minister said. The head of Ukrainian diplomacy emphasized that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would continue to support this investor. “I am convinced that this project will be successful, because it has the support of both the Ukrainian and Polish governments,” he pointed out. According to his opinion, the potential expansion of Orlen’s operations in Ukraine will strengthen the country’s energy security and diversify its energy market.