Polish Briefing 22 March, 2019 9:00 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

Polish Briefing: It’s time to change the way of thinking about energy

What goes on in Poland on the 22nd of March.

Emilewicz: Time for a change in thinking about energy in Poland

Energy is one of those sectors that most in need of innovation – said the Minister of Entrepreneurship Jadwiga Emilewicz during the conference “Polish energy in the face of innovation” held in Krynica-Zdrój.

In her opinion, the old saying “need is the mother of the invention” works in the energy industry. – The need for innovation in the energy sector is deep – she said. In this context, she counted out the search for green technologies is a feature of all economies, including those that have attracted much attention yet. – We also need to keep common sense and pose reasonable demands for future generations – said Minister Emilewicz.

– If we want to leave the world in a condition such as today, if not with ambitions to be a bit better, a responsible approach requires a transformational thinking about the energy sector. This is particularly demanding in Poland where 80 percent of the energy mix is ​​based on coal. It is not that Poland chose coal for love. This was not Poland’s choice. We had a limited impact on our energy mix. It was not the choice of the authorities in Warsaw that no nuclear power plant was built in Poland, only in Hungary and Czechoslovakia. The transformation approach must be reasonable. Coal power can not be changed in a day or a year – she said.

According to her, Poland will not abruptly abandon coal. – We need to look for a way to better, more efficiently and with less damage to the environment use this raw material. We must focus on the search for new technologies and new alternative sources of energy – she said.

The Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology also drew attention to the need to develop green energy, electromobility and energy storage. In this context, she mentioned the greater role of prosumers in the energy sector. – If we want to achieve RES goals, it is prosumer energy that can help us achieve this goal – she said.