COP24 Katowice

International Energy Agency conference in Paris

Vice-Minister of the Environment Michał Kurtyka took part in the International Energy Agency conference, which inaugurated the work on the Agency’s special report entitled Nuclear power in a clean energy system.

The event, which took place on the 25th of February 2019 in Paris, was also attended by Vice-Minister of Energy Tomasz Dąbrowski. During the conference, President of COP24 Michał Kurtyka stressed that electricity is the fastest-growing component of final demand and that over the next 25 years it is going to grow much faster than energy consumption as a whole.

Its production is already responsible for 40% of the world’s CO2 emissions, which means that we have to shift our attention to this issue he said.

The vice-minister also pointed out that for this reason it is worth taking an interest in low-carbon methods, such as nuclear energy, which from the point of view of emission reduction is just as effective as other clean technologies.

Nuclear energy is a zero-emission technology, just like renewable energy. We have to implement solutions that have social and political support, as well as those that are both safe and effective - said vice-minister Michał Kurtyka.

During his stay in Paris, he also met with Antoine Pellion, advisor to President Emmanuel Macron on energy, environment and transport, as well as Sandrine Gaudin, Secretary-General for European Affairs (SGAE). Their talks concerned climate policy, as well as the COP24 climate summit and the Katowice Rulebook.

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