COP24 Katowice

Of Innovations in the Polish Pavilion

Innovation is the buzzword of the UN global climate conference - COP24 in Katowice. It was also the leading theme in the Polish Pavilion on Wednesday and the leitmotif of the keynote speech delivered by Sławomir Mazurek, Undersecretary of State at the Polish Ministry of the Environment.

In his address, the special guest underlined how Polish companies have been lately trying to outdo each other to develop and implement environmentally friendly solutions.

Although technical progress has contributed to environmental degradation, it also gives hope for its gradual restoration. It is thanks to innovativeness that we can now enjoy such objects as biodegradable bags, automatic light switches or electric vehicles. Companies and institutions from around the world stress their concern for the environment, using it as an element of their positive image and brand equity. Both, private entities as well as public institutions have been continuously increasing expenditures on developing innovative solutions, which can be later used in production and use of concrete commodities.

For years, Poland has been investing in innovativeness focused on environment protection and reaching climate neutrality. Subsequent governmental projects are being implemented, such as “Clean Air”, “Electromobility Development Plan” and “Forest Coal Farms”. Polish entrepreneurs are also increasingly eager to use state-of-the-art technologies to improve production, while simultaneously reducing its environmental impact.
And innovativeness in the public and private sector was the leitmotif of the Polish Pavilion’s third day. In this special zone located within the facilities of the UN global climate summit – COP24, experts, scientists and representatives of industry organisations from Poland and abroad share ideas and opinions, each day discussing different aspects of the broadly defined climate security.

The debate’s first part was inaugurated with a speech delivered by the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of the Environment Sławomir Mazurek, who discussed how Polish companies and public institutions have been taking advantage of the technological breakthrough. He also stressed that latest technological solutions allow COP24 conference to meet environmental standards.

Further thematic blocks were devoted to innovations in such sectors as hydropower industry, wind power industry or waste management. Central role that local governments and NGOs play in the modernisation of the country, also at the local level, was highlighted. The attendees were encouraged to join Smart Growth Operational Programme, which will allot over PLN 6 billion to innovative entrepreneurs and scientific bodies. 

At the end of the day, Polish producers presented their hitherto achievements in using innovations for production and management.

Each subsequent day in the Polish Pavilion will be devoted to different subject matter: forests, the issue of sustainable development of cities, financing climate policy, air quality and human dimension of climate change. The Pavilion will be functioning throughout the whole UN climate summit – COP24 in Katowice.

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