Warsaw rules out further action on 2030 climate goals

Polish energy minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski has said his country has no intention of raising its commitments on cutting energy consumption and deploying renewable sources

Poland has no intention of raising its commitments on cutting energy consumption and deploying renewable sources, energy minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski said on Tuesday at an EU Council summit that raised the spectre of imminent disputes over how to meet Europe’s 2030 climate targets.

“If it were to be increased further, it would generate significant and dangerous socioeconomic cost,” Tchórzewski said of what he termed his government's “very ambitious” renewables target. Poland's target for cutting energy use was “adequately ambitious”, but its new plan would include supplementary information on concrete policies, he said.

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