Welcome to the 2020 edition of Poland’s Energy Industry Report, a reference source to the what’s what and who’s who of the sector. The land of pierogi, wild bisons and tales about mermaids, also has a notorious and fast paced energy makeup. The apple of discord with the EU is the country’s 80% dependency on fossil fuels and what is a realistic pace to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 - the EU’s Green Deal desired target.
Five centuries after Copernicus placed the sun at the center of our Solar System, Poland started harnessing its power to generate electricity. The year 2020 has seen a real boom in big photovoltaic projects, in addition to the already growing onshore wind, and then soon to become reality offshore wind. In December 2019 Poland held Europe’s largest renewable energy auction on record, that secured 1,7 GW of new capacities.
At the same time Poland is the largest coal producer in Europe and exactly how to implement a just economic and social transition away from it in the interest of cleaner air is the million dollar question. Politics has circled around this topic and steps towards going green are still few and far between, however steadfast and inevitable.
Given that this report is launched midway through the auspicious year 2020, when the world turned upside down courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of the virus on the industry is also explored. It is undoubtedly a time of remembering our priorities and that business, energy, and human well-being ultimately can and must join hands. We hope you find it to be a useful and enjoyable read!
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