Energy 24 July, 2023 7:20 am   
COMMENTS: Jacek Perzyński

Wesoły: Act on the emission neutral industry will impact Poland’s mining industry

Morskie-farmy-wiatrowe-i-UE Offshore wind farms and the European Union. Graphics: Gabriela Cydejko

The EU proposed Net-Zero Industry Act will affect the Polish mining sector. It is in our interest to create favorable conditions for investment in technologies and building a low-carbon economy, writes Deputy Minister of State Assets Marek Wesoły in a letter to Polish MEPs.

On March 16 this year the European Commission has proposed a regulation on emission-neutral industries (the so-called Net-Zero Industry Act).

The legislation pertains to technologies that will significantly contribute to decarbonization, i.e. solar and thermal energy, wind energy, batteries, heat pumps and geothermal energy, electrolysers and fuel cells, biogas, carbon capture, use and storage (CCS) and advanced energy production technologies from nuclear processes.

As Wesoły points out in a letter seen by the Polish Press Agency, the Net-Zero Industry Act aims to increase the scale of production of technologies crucial to achieving climate neutrality. It aims to simplify the regulatory framework for manufacturing and thus help to increase the competitiveness of these industries.

“From a national perspective, sensibly supporting efforts to build a competitive, low-carbon economy and supporting the key technologies needed to achieve this is a necessary initiative. It is in our interest to create favorable conditions for investing in technologies, strengthening domestic production, increasing the diversification of supplies of zero-emission technologies, and educating the workforce in the above-mentioned areas and supporting innovation. In addition, the draft proposes to give priority to strategic emission-neutral technology projects that are considered necessary to strengthen the resilience and competitiveness of EU industry, including sites for the safe storage of captured CO2 emissions,” the Deputy Minister wrote in the letter.

Polish Press Agency / Jacek Perzyński