Polish Briefing 8 September, 2020 11:00 am   
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Polish Briefing: Less coal in Poland’s new draft energy strategy

What goes on in Poland on the 8th of September.

Less coal in Poland’s new draft energy strategy

The Ministry of Climate presented the revised draft energy strategy to the government. It assumes a significant decrease in the share of coal in energy production compared to the previous project, but its power will still be large so that it can secure new energy sources: renewable energy and nuclear power plants.

The ministry presented the draft energy strategy, i.e. the Polish Energy Policy until 2040, after amendments resulting from consultations. The previous one was created in November 2019. The 2019 project assumed an energy mix of 50-60 percent coal in 2030, 23 percent renewable energy in 2030, the construction of the first nuclear reactor in 2033 and 6-9 GW in 2043. It also assumed a reduction in CO2 emissions by 30 percent compared to 1990 and an increase in energy efficiency by 23 percent by 2030.

The new document is a proposal for changes towards low and zero emission sources, while maintaining the strategic role of coal with its shrinking share in the energy mix.

The Ministry of Climate predicts that the share of coal in electricity production in 2030 will not exceed 56 percent. – With the increased prices of CO2 emission allowances, it may drop even to the level of 37.5 percent – the ministry states in the document.

The climate ministry claims that the share of gas in the energy mix is ​​expected to reach 17-33 percent in 2030. It will be a transition fuel for energy transition, providing regulatory power to the energy system. The ministry assumes that by 2030 it will be possible to transport a mixture containing about 10 percent of decarbonised gases via gas networks.