Monday, November 29, 2021

Poland’s stance on coal disappoints activists

Delegates gather for a meeting during the Cop26 conference in Glasgow. Photo by Yves Herman / Reuters

GLASGOW, Scotland – The British government says pledges to set new or earlier dates for the cessation of coal use have come from more than 20 countries, including Ukraine, Vietnam, South Korea, Indonesia and Chile.

Meanwhile, Poland, Europe’s second largest coal consumer after Germany, appears to have dropped any ambitious new commitments within hours of being announced at the now undergoing UN climate conference.

“Energy security and job security is a priority for us,” said Anna Moskva, Poland’s Minister of Climate and Environment. in tweetreferring to the existing government plan, which “provides for the elimination of coal by 2049.”

Earlier in the day, it looked as though Poland might push that deadline by at least ten years.

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Campaigners reacted angrily to the apparent reversal.

“Moscow has emphasized that its government cannot be trusted to sign the postcard, let alone a responsible climate promise,” said Katrin Gutmann, campaign director for Europe Beyond Coal.

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Meanwhile, the United States, Canada, Denmark and several other countries have signed another commitment to “prioritize” clean energy financing over fossil fuel projects abroad.

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