Polish Briefing 3 October, 2019 9:00 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

Polish Briefing: Energy minister Tchórzewski to chair the IEA summit in Paris

What goes on in Poland on the 3rd of October.

Energy minister Tchórzewski to chair the IEA summit in Paris

Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, is currently in Warsaw. The economist met the energy minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski to discuss the details of the ministerial board meeting, which was scheduled for December. The meeting is to be chaired by Minister Tchórzewski.

– I am glad that Poland has been a member of this organization for 10 years. In our opinion, this is the most professional energy organization. Giving me chairmanship of the proceedings on the almost 10th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the IEA is for me an unusual but pleasant surprise. I thank the chairman of the IEA for supporting my candidacy – said the head of the Ministry of Energy.

Tchórzewski pointed out that one of the main topics of the December meeting would be safe energy transition. – We are in favor of transition, but ensuring secure supplies of energy and energy resources, and taking into account all fuels and technologies to reflect the specificities and capabilities of Member States. We will devote a lot of attention to energy security. Changes taking place in the world give rise to new challenges, such as the growing consumption of energy resources – he added.

During a meeting with the head of the IEA, minister Tchórzewski informed about the progress of the transformation of the energy sector in Poland. – I informed the head of the IEA that the Ostrołęka C Power Plant is the last new coal block built in Poland. I informed President Birol about serious plans to build a nuclear power plant in Poland, about the diversification of oil and gas supplies to Poland. About efforts to develop electromobility, about actions to improve air quality and about the huge gasification program of the country, about plans for maritime development. This places Poland among the countries that deserve recognition when it comes to the approach to transformation – he said.

– I am very happy that Minister Tchórzewski will chair the meeting. Let me remind you that he was unanimously elected chairman. The Polish government is undertaking very intensive measures when it comes to implementing clean technologies, such as solar farms or nuclear wind farms. He does not forget about ensuring energy security. I was impressed with the transformation process of the Polish energy sector – said Fatih Birol, head of the IEA. Birol also praised Poland’s efforts to diversify gas supply sources. – I positively assess such investments as the Baltic Pipe – he said.