Poland spent EUR 20 bn on climate projects to respect Paris Agreement: PM

Poland has been implementing projects worth over EUR 20 bn to respect the Paris Agreement commitments, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday at the COP 25 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain.

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PM Morawiecki referred to four programmes created to protect the climate and improve living conditions in Poland, to meet commitments from the Paris Agreement which came into force in 2016 and deals with the mitigation of greenhouse-gas-emissions, adaptation and finance.

"These programmes make it possible to increase energy efficiency in households and to make a transition to clean mobility. At the same time, they also focus on our environment and public health care," the Polish PM said.

He stressed that climate undertakings had to be accompanied by efforts to raise social awareness of climate issues. He added that Poland knew the importance of social unity, and warned that climate protection projects were certain to fail without social acceptance.

Referring to current climate neutrality challenges, PM Morawiecki pointed out that accomplishing them will only be possible with a joint effort.

Shortly before the COP25 summit, Mateusz Morawiecki stated that Poland must be offered special compensation for its efforts to reform its energy system and reduce emissions. He added that it was important to take into account not only the amount of carbon dioxide produced by particular states, but also their per-capita CO2 consumption.

He also pointed out that Poland's dependence on coal put it in a difficult and unique position, and said that this had to be taken into account in the context of CO2 reductions. According to the Polish PM, the EU was trying to exert pressure on the entire world with regard to CO2 emissions. In this context, he observed that while Poland and the other EU countries were striving to reduce their emissions, 50 times more CO2 was being emitted in other parts of the world.

In late November, the European Parliament appealed to EU countries to mark 2050 as the climate neutrality target at the Madrid conference. However, in June, Poland, Hungary and Estonia objected to that date. At the time, PM Morawiecki stated that he could not agree to the 2050 target without prior cost estimates.