Poland to focus on coal in country's energy mix - PM Tusk
September 11, 2013
Poland's energy will continue to be based on coal- and lignite-fuelled power with renewable energy constituting only an addition to the country's energy mix at the minimum level required by the EU, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said at the opening of a mining fair in Katowice, southern Poland.
The government will be "very careful "to support renewable energy sources," said Tusk. "Energy independence...requires not only diversification of energy sources but primarily the maximum use of domestic energy sources... We recognize the need to respect environmental objectives, the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, especially CO2. However, we will continue to bet on coal," Tusk said on Tuesday.
“Our chance is a smarter, more modern use of classic energy sources," the PM added. Poland will invest in modern coal-fuelled power technologies with a view of reducing CO2 emissions, he said, instead of crossing out coal from the energy mix.