Policy & Regulation

Poland pushes renewables, but coal is embedded

It will be difficult for Poland to move away from its overwhelming dependence on coal, but the country is making moves to do so by diversifying its energy mix It will be difficult for Poland to move away from its overwhelming dependence on coal, but the country is making moves to do so by diversifying its energy mix.
By Peter Stewart 4 June 2018 0 31150
Bird's eye view of Świnoujście LNG terminal The Świnoujście LNG terminal on Poland's Baltic coast should help in reducing the country's dependence on Russian imports. (Gaz-System)

Poland is trying to speed up its plans to develop renewable and nuclear energy as it seeks to reduce its dependence on coal, imports of which are increasing. The country also needs to diversify its energy mix to include low-carbon power to meet EU climate targets. Poland has pledged to reduce coal’s share of the energy mix to 50% by 2050 and is due to host the COP24 climate talks at the end of 2018.

Poland’s power sector is the largest in Central and Eastern Europe,...