”We have signed the Paris Agreement and support the EU climate policy goals as defined during the last decade,” says the Polish ambassador to Denmark, Henryka Moscicka-Dendys. Poland has received almost all its energy from coal, but a large transition is on its way: “Contrary to the perceptions and stereotypes, Poland is also a large investor in RES (Renewable energy sources ed.), and the 2018 energy strategy of the Polish government foresees a further major change in the energy mix.”
But how does natural gas come into picture? And why does Poland not go straight from coal to renewables like solar and wind? “Let’s be fair and clear: With the current technologies it is not possible to “go green” completely and switch the power system from coal directly to renewables.”, explains Henryka Moscicka-Dendys and continues: “Gas and RES go hand in hand. Compared to coal, gas emits about 60 pct. less CO2. Gas seems to be a flexible solution for urban areas, it may also play a significant role in transport”, she says and explains that natural gas should come from Poland itself, from Norway and maybe from Denmark through the Baltic Pipe, gas infrastructure that goes through the North Sea via Denmark to Poland.
Regarding what the transition means for the Polish economy the ambassador stresses that it is important to implement the transition in a realistic pace: “In order to implement such a large-scale energy transition, we must transform not only the energy sector, but the entire economy. This challenge is valid not only for Poland but for many countries globally. Climate change remains a global challenge, therefore we cannot risk losing partners who commit to fighting it. In consequence, the changes must be evolutionary, not revolutionary,” she ends. •
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By Ulla Lena