Polish Briefing 17 October, 2017 9:00 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

Polish Briefing: Danish mayor’s resistance may harm Baltic Pipe. Poland and Japan discuss nuclear power in Cracow

What goes on in Poland on the 17th of October.

Danish mayor’s resistance may harm Baltic Pipe

Administration of Stevns community in Denmark did not agree to pass grounds for compressor station construction for the planned Baltic Pipe. The community does not want such large interference in its natural environment.

Baltic Pipe is supposed to connect Polish gas transmission system with deposits of this resource in Norwegian shelf owned by Poland.

Danish gas transmission network operator Energinet wants the terrestrial station to be built in Zealand island, within the territory of Stevns or Faxe community. – It is about a large area. Energinet needs 15 hectares of ground, which equals 118 building lots. This would be a major interference both in the natural environment and cultural landscape of this land – wrote mayor of Stevns, Mogens Haggard Nielsen in an announcement.

Poland and Japan discuss nuclear power in Cracow

A Polish-Japanese seminary dedicated to nuclear power took place on 16th of October in Cracow. Representatives of energy ministries and scientists from both countries took part in it.

The goal of the event was a discussion on nuclear energy and the media and public opinion perception of the industry. After a disaster in Fukushima, Japanese side wanted to convince that high security standards guarantee that such incidents will not take place in the future.

Japanese are among entities that would like to take part in Polish Nuclear Energy Program. Polish government did not officially declined the plans of building a nuclear power plant, but its representatives admit that the final decision when and on what conditions it will announce the tender for technology of the object is still to be made.

In July 2017 from Polish Ministry of Energy and Economy, Trade and Industry ministries of Japan, an excursion of Polish journalists to Japanese nuclear power pants, during which the hosts ensured of safety of this kind of energy. had been invited, coverages from the excursion can be found on the website.

Poland and Croatia against extending climate policy on grounds and forests

Poland and Croatia voted against an agreement on incorporating emissions and greenhouse gases from grounds and forests (LULUCF) in EU climate frames. Despite objections of two countries, works on this matter are being continued.

EU ministers of environment have adopted a position on last year’s European Commission’s proposal in this matter. Increasing greenhouse gases absorption by forests will be one of the ways of fighting off climate changes. Regulations had been criticized by several member states, especially those that have large forests surfaces. Finland was against, but it had been given additional € 10 million for CO2 emissions for 2021-2030 and delegation from this country abstained from voting.

Polish postulates – according to the minister of environment Jan Szyszko – had not been fulfilled. As he explained, European Commission and EU-15 are not especially keen on forests certification, absorbing CO2 through biodiversity. He added that thanks to Poland, regulations on forests and how to use them to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere have been found in Paris Agreement.