Polish Briefing 16 June, 2020 9:00 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

Polish Briefing: “The nuclear can replace coal in energy production in Poland”

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

Kurtyka: The nuclear can replace coal in energy production in Poland

– We need to provide a financial basis for a nuclear power plant, but for such a project to be created, international cooperation with interested partners who could provide us with technology that will ensure the safe functioning of the project will be needed. We see nuclear energy as the basis of the energy system, coal has fulfilled this role so far – said the Minister of Climate Michał Kurtyka on the Nuclear Energy Agency webinar.

Michał Kurtyka said that traditionally energy security is an important issue for Poland. – Nuclear power can play an important role in bringing us closer to climate neutrality. Poland wants to develop its nuclear program so that six nuclear reactors are operational by 2040. We are going through an energy transition and, as part of the European Union, we are taking into account the assumptions of the European Green Deal. We will build offshore wind farms and develop renewable energy on private homes, mainly thanks to solar panels- he said.

He emphasized that social acceptance, industry competitiveness and energy security are equally important to the government, and these three elements are combined by nuclear power. – We perceive nuclear power as the basis of the energy system, so far coal plays this role – he emphasized.

He noted that in many countries nuclear power was under discussion, this discussion is not something new in Poland. – After 1989, Poland became a completely sovereign state, but the construction of the atom became impossible for political reasons. We also have a local dialogue in places where the power plant could be built and there is mostly support for such a project. Most Poles support this investment and see it as an opportunity – he said.