An EU summit held in Brussels today and tomorrow is expected to discuss December’s Paris Agreement on climate change and the next target for lowering CO2 emissions in the region. Currently Europe is bound to reduce emissions by 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. In October 2014, national leaders in the European Council agreed to aim for a 40% emissions cut by 2030.
Prior to the forum in Brussels, several European countries including Germany and Luxembourg, called for even more ambitious emissions reduction goals. Other countries, however, believe that the existing targets are already difficult enough to achieve.
According to a report by Bloomberg, in a statement released before the EU summit, Polands Law and Justice government strongly advocates that the EU concentrate on implementing climate commitments already approved by the European Council. To be able to cut emissions by the amount already set by the existing climate commitments, Poland will have to make a huge investment effort and modernize its energy sector, the government said in the statement.
Around mid-2016 the European Commission is expected to deliver a draft for the climate law and to establish how the 28 EU member states, including Poland, will share the burden of the emission-cutting goal. To date, Poland relies on coal for more than 80% of its electricity production. In order to meet the 2020 climate objectives, the country has to achieve at least 15% of renewables in its energy mix.
However, shortly before the end of 2015, the Polish government postponed the introduction of an auction system for new renewable production capacity for six months.
The upcoming April print edition of pv magazine includes a detailed analysis of the Polish renewables legislation and the delayed procurement process.