Poland defies Brussels by vowing to stick to coal

by HARRY DEMPSEY and MEHREEN KHAN

Poland plans to prioritise curbing its reliance on Russian energy — and so continuing its dependence on coal — over signing up to the EU’s net zero emissions target, in a move that is set to put Warsaw on a collision course with Brussels over climate policy.


Piotr Naimski, Poland’s chief strategic energy adviser, told the Financial Times that it was “not possible and not feasible” for Poland to meet the EU goal of cutting net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Instead, he said, coal would still generate up to half the country’s electricity in two decades’ time.

“Responsibilities for the planned EU target should be shared among EU states, taking into consideration every country’s situation and possibilities,” he said. “The cost of this idea rises to hundreds of billions of dollars. Politicians trying to proceed with such a process, they are not living on the ground.”

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