Poland keeps shooting itself in the foot by obstructing efforts to combat climate change
Your recent news in brief item (“Emissions credits”, 19-25 July) said that the European Commission had approved Poland’s request for free pollution allowances for unbuilt coal-fired power plants. It is important to note that contrary to what the Polish power companies wanted, the Commission has decided not to allow the construction of these ‘ghost’ power stations using funds from these allowances. This decision renders these free permits, in effect, worthless.
Three cheers for the Commission for blocking Poland’s attempt to divert money from the EU’s emissions-trading scheme to its dirty power sector. But Poland’s dishonest act was not simply an attempt to squeeze extra funds out of the emissions-trading scheme – it was also a way to continue promoting polluting coal as its main power source.
Poland’s effort to reap undeserved benefits for ghost coal plants was one of a string of actions to block the EU’s climate agenda, starting – and ending – with its vetoes of the EU’s 2050 energy and low-carbon roadmaps (“Poland’s push for fossil fuels”, 28 June-4 July).