Nuclear, renewable power will help reach climate goals: deputy minister

Nuclear and renewable energy will help Poland switch to a low-emission economy and attain the EU's climate neutrality goals, Deputy Climate Minister Adam Guibourgé-Czetwertyński told the “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” daily on Wednesday.

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Owing to its coal-fuelled economy, Poland has obliged itself to achieve the 2050-set climate goals in the second half of this century.

“Today it appears as a very long perspective, but we have to remember that still over 70- percent of the Polish energy mix comes from coal, so the transformation takes time. But the technologies will be developing so it might turn out that storing energy is cheaper than we expected, so we may revise our statement,” Mr Guibourgé-Czetwertyński told “DGP”

He stressed that Poland's energy mix and industrial structure did not allow it to keep the 2050 deadline, but assured that Poland will strive towards a low-emission economy with the help of nuclear power and renewable energy.

Mr Guibourgé-Czetwertyński added that climate neutrality adjustments will embrace not only the energy sector and industry, but also agriculture, and said that forestland will play a major role in reducing greenhouse emissions.

The deputy Climate Minister added that the Polish government was currently preparing an energy strategy up until 2050, with nuclear and renewable energy as its main element.