Polish Briefing 7 December, 2020 9:00 am   
Editorial staff

Polish Briefing: PGE wants to build new capacities to replace old coal power plants

KWB Turów Lignite production in Turów. Photo: PGE

What goes on in Poland on the 7th of December.

PGE’s CEO on energy transition

In an interview for, PGE’s CEO Wojciech Dąbrowski explained that considering what was happening with the environment, climate and what expectations were set by his company’s clients and financing institutions, it seemed that there was no turning back from the transition towards sustainable energy.

“Today, the Polish energy and heating sectors are based on coal. Combined with moderate wind and sun conditions compared to the rest of Europe, this means that the transition to renewable sources will proceed in an evolutionary manner. We want this process, in addition to its evolutionary character, to be sustainable and fair, because the energy industry is not only power plants and distribution lines, but most of all people – our employees, and we cannot forget about it,” Dąbrowski said.

“The most positive aspect of making energy generation sources greener will be a cleaner environment. We have a high emission factor in the country among European economies and a problem with air quality. In recent years, the situation has improved – thanks to environmental investments, CO2 emissions in the energy and heating sectors are systematically reduced, even despite the dynamic economic development and the increase in energy demand – and we must continue this trend, but I would like to emphasize that we are reaching the technical limits of emission reduction using dedicated installations. Therefore, we want to go to a higher level and build capacities that will replace older carbon technologies,” he added.