Emergency services in Poland are trying to clear icy roads and restore power to thousands of homes after heavy snow over Easter.
Polish national radio says more than 100,000 homes had no electricity on Monday, after trees collapsed on some power lines. Poland’s central and eastern provinces were worst hit. Continue reading
Much of the debate in Doha so far has focused on aid for poorer nations. But some developed countries are at odds with developing ones, putting “newly developed” countries such as Poland in a unique position. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Poland can provide power firms with free carbon allowances after the next phase of the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) starts in 2013, provided it meets certain conditions, the European Commission said on Friday. Continue reading
At least one of the coal plants for which Poland is requesting €7 billion of free carbon allowances under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS)‘s little-known ’10c derogation’ does not exist, a EurActiv investigation has found.
Poland has applied for €33-million worth of free allowances for the Łęczna coal plant, near the Ukrainian border, but there is no visible evidence that any construction work has begun at the sleepy greenfield site. Continue reading
Coal-reliant Poland on Friday vetoed European Union efforts to move further towards a low carbon economy, pitting itself against the rest of the 27-member bloc. Continue reading
Poland is poised to wield its veto on Friday at a Brussels meeting seeking accord on how to shift to a low carbon economy by 2050 and has written to fellow EU environment ministers, urging them to share its views. Continue reading
Poland’s first nuclear power plant, due to come on line by 2020, is set to be located near the Baltic Sea, Polish energy group PGE said on Friday.
Three potential sites near the coast at Zarnowiec, Choczewo and Gaski, were picked from around a hundred proposed locations, PGE chief Tomasz Zadroga told reporters. Continue reading
Eight of Warsaw’s most influential think tank experts have just published anÂ open letter [link in Polish] arguing that ahead of Poland’s EU presidency, which starts in six weeks, the government is neglecting climate-change issues. The letter matters, because its signatories directly influence planning for the six-month presidency, during which a UN climate change conference will take place in Durban. Continue reading