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The government has announced a rapid review of Poland's energy policy to 2040

The government has announced a rapid review of Poland’s energy policy to 2040

By the end of the year, the government plans to review Poland’s energy policy until 2040, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during a meeting of the Social Dialogue Council on November 7.

  • Mateusz Morawiecki announced that by the end of 2022, the government will adopt a review of Poland’s energy policy until 2040.
  • He added that the document should be ready within 5-6 weeks. He did not provide any details.
  • The Polish Energy Policy to 2040, adopted by the government in February 2040, sets a framework for Poland’s energy transition, including the development of renewables and the shift away from coal.

– We plan to review PEP2040 by the end of the year – Mateusz Morawiecki announced, adding that the document should be ready in 5-6 weeks. He did not provide any details.

The Polish Energy Policy until 2040, adopted by the government in February 2040, sets the general framework for Poland’s energy transition. PEP 2040 assumes, among other things, that the reduction of coal use in the economy will be done in a way that ensures a fair transition. The policy is based on three pillars: a fair transition, building a zero-emissions energy system and improving air quality.

Offshore wind power and nuclear power

According to the policy, in 2030, the share of renewables in the total final energy consumption will be at least 23%, the installed capacity of offshore wind farms will be about 5.9 GW in 2030 and up to about 11 GW in 2040, and in 2033, it will be operational The first block of the nuclear power plant has a capacity of about 1-1.6 gigawatts. Subsequent blocks will be carried out every 2-3 years, and the entire nuclear program provides for the construction of 6 blocks.

Another element is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 30% by 2030. Compared to 1990, by 2040, heat all homes with a zero- or low-emissions individual heating system and sources. The infrastructure for natural gas, crude oil and liquid fuels will be expanded, while ensuring the diversification of supply trends.

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The energy transition is an opportunity for economies and regions

According to the document, a just transition means providing new development opportunities for the regions and communities most affected by the negative effects of the transition due to the low-emission energy transition, and activities related to the conversion of coal areas will be supported by a comprehensive development program.

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PEP expects that individual energy consumers will also participate in the transition, on the one hand they will be protected from rising energy prices, and on the other hand they will be encouraged to participate actively in the energy market.

Air quality will be improved thanks to investments in transforming the heating sector, electrifying transportation, and promoting passive and zero-emission homes, using local energy sources.

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