COP24 Katowice

Climate for Poland — Poland for Climate: 1988-2018-2050

We encourage everybody to read the package of publications prepared by the Institute of Environmental Protection – National Research Institute (IOŚ-PIB) on climate policy from the Polish perspective:

·   Climate for Poland — Poland for Climate: 1988-2018-2050,

·   A short history of actions and challenges for climate protection in Poland,

·   Environmental benefits resulting from the reduction of air pollution accompanying CO2 emissions. An analysis based on air quality model for the territory of Poland,

The reports outline the situation of Poland starting from the beginning of the political transition period (1988) to the beginning of COP24 — the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, showcasing 25 years of climate-relevant economic and social change. In addition, the reports contain analyses of the most important directions of development for the upcoming decades, ensuring synergy between activities with positive impact on sustainable development and reduction of emissions, while maintaining the competitiveness of Polish enterprises, ensuring energy security and economic growth.

The main publication constituting the starting point for all the individual studies is the Climate for Poland - Poland for Climate, 1988-2018-2050 report, which constitutes an analysis of the situation of Poland in terms of economic and environmental issues related to greenhouse gas emissions, as well as shaping the climate and energy policy in the wake of social and economic changes.

The aim of the Short history of actions and challenges for climate protection in Poland report is presenting the most important elements of the political transition in Poland, together with the main challenges in the short- and long-term perspective concerning climate change in a nutshell.

The impact of the main air pollutants associated with carbon dioxide emissions in the context of the planned reduction measures has been presented in the publication entitled Environmental benefits resulting from the reduction of air pollution accompanying CO2 emissions. An analysis based on an air quality model for the territory of Poland.

The aim of these reports is to provide a comprehensive overview of Poland's situation in the area of climate policy based on specific figures.

 - Meeting environmental requirements and transition of energy sector and industry is a great challenge set by the European Union and the international community. The experience of Poland to date shows that transition opens up new opportunities for increasing the efficiency of industry and energy efficiency, as well as implementing structural changes - emphasises the director of IOŚ-PIB, Dr. Krystian Szczepański.

- Over the course of the last three decades, Poland has come a long way and experienced an economic transition, which — unfortunately — was also connected with great social cost. During that time, Poland experienced a large number of institutional, economic and environmental changes, including joining the European Union, fulfilling the country's emission reduction commitments and taking an active part in various efforts at the global level, fighting the effects of the economic crisis, while being one of the few European countries that managed to avoid a contraction of its GDP, and recently getting promoted to the group of developed countries - noted Robert Jeszke, editor, head of the Strategy, Analysis and Auctions Team at the National Centre for Emissions Management and the LIFE Climate CAKE PL Project Coordinator.

- The unique position of our country gives us ample opportunities to set further challenges for ourselves. We are currently in the process of transitioning our energy sector. By launching the Clean Air programme, we are also taking steps to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings and significantly reduce emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere from existing residential buildings. Moreover, we are working to promote low-carbon and zero-emission transport. Other key initiatives include sustainable agriculture and the protection of biodiversity, media campaigns promoting saving energy and environmental education. It is worth noting that Poland is one of the regional leaders in the field of sustainable forest management. All these actions have provided a basis for planning future necessary initiatives for further reduction of energy intensity of Polish economy - points out the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment, President of COP24 Michał Kurtyka.

The project was financed by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.


Full list of publications:
1. Climate for Poland - Poland for Climate: 1988-2018-2050 Download
2. Actions and challenges for climate protection in Poland - brief overview: 1988-2018-2050 Download
3. Environmental benefits resulting from the reduction of air pollution accompanying CO2 emissions. Analysis with the use of the air quality model for Poland. Download
4. Challenges for Poland in the non-ETS sectors: 2030-2050 Download
5. Polish transformation climate and energy in numbers. Infographics Download



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