Poland can reach 38% clean energy penetration by 2030, finds IRENA

A new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has forecast that Poland can increase its share of renewable energy in the country’s power generation from just 7% in 2010 to around 38% by 2030.

The REmap 2030 Renewable Energy Prospects for Poland report, prepared in collaboration with the Polish Ministry of Economy, also suggests that clean energy’s share of final energy consumption can also surpass 25% by 2030 provided appropriate investment was forthcoming.

Currently, the policies of Poland – which on Monday voted the opposition Law and Justice Party into power – would see clean energy rise to 15.5% of the country’s final energy consumption by 2030. But the REmapt 2030 report estimates that that rate could rise to 25% if investment in the country’s clean power sector was doubled to $4.5 billion a year.

In doing so, carbon emissions would be drastically reduced, saving Poland an estimated $2 billion each year when related environmental and health benefits are considered, the report adds.

The share of Poland’s renewable power landscape is dominated by biomass, but IRENA’s report recommends balancing out this dominance by investing more heavily in wind power and solar PV, while grid improvements will aid the transition.

"As one of the EU’s largest energy users, Poland plays a critical role in fulfilling the region’s energy and climate goals," said IRENA director-general Adnan Z. Amin. "Even in a country like Poland, with cheap fossil-fuel based sources, renewable energy can be cost-competitive, reduce air pollution, enhance energy security, benefit the economy, and play a leading role in fighting climate change."