Poland to nix EU's 2050 climate targets: report

Mar 07, 2012
Poland is threatening to veto European Union 2050 targets for emissions reductions at a Friday meeting of the bloc's environment ministers in Brussels, a Polish media report said Wednesday.

Poland is threatening to veto European Union 2050 targets for emissions reductions at a Friday meeting of the bloc's environment ministers in Brussels, a Polish media report said Wednesday.

The Polish PAP news agency quoted an unnamed government source saying Warsaw was prepared to veto a proposal by the EU's current Danish presidency setting forth the European Commission's goals up to 2050.

According to the PAP, Poland will also veto the jointly agreed EU position for global climate talks.

Environment Minister Marcin Korolec went on the record saying as Poland would refuse to accept any additional EU emissions restrictions up to 2020 and insisted it would be premature to set any future limits now.

"We do not agree to any higher EU (emissions) reduction target in the 2020 perspective. Defining future now, before we know what will happen in the global talks, is very premature," Korolec said, quoted by the PAP.

An ex-communist country of 38 million which joined the European Union in 2004, Poland, currently relies on greenhouse gas-belching coal-fired plants for over 90 percent of its electricity, but has committed to easing its near total dependence on fossil fuels as part of the EU's climate package limiting by 2020.

Warsaw plans to meet the 2020 EU by introducing atomic energy in almost equal measure with renewables as well as so-called Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies to sequester from coal-fired power facilities.

Official statistics show Poland's coal sector employed 178,000 people as of September 2010.

Explore further: Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Renewables could bring job boon to Poland: Greenpeace

Mar 11, 2011

An ambitious switch from fossil fuels to green energy could generate up to 350,000 new jobs by 2020 in the Poland, the European Union's most coal-dependent member, Greenpeace said Friday in Warsaw.

EU may miss pollution targets

Nov 29, 2005

The European Environment Agency says the European Union will likely miss its greenhouse gas targets by a wide margin.

EU carbon emissions 'plummeted in 2009'

May 31, 2011

Greenhouse-gas emissions by the 27 members of the European Union fell by 7.1 percent in 2009 over 2008, driven by economic recession but also a switch to renewable energy, the European Environment Agency (EAA) ...

Recommended for you

Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future

3 hours ago

One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off Cuba's northwest coast, and the thaw in relations with the United States is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the action.

New challenges for ocean acidification research

Dec 19, 2014

Over the past decade, ocean acidification has received growing recognition not only in the scientific area. Decision-makers, stakeholders, and the general public are becoming increasingly aware of "the other carbon dioxide ...

Compromises lead to climate change deal

Dec 19, 2014

Earlier this month, delegates from the various states that make up the UN met in Lima, Peru, to agree on a framework for the Climate Change Conference that is scheduled to take place in Paris next year. For ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.