In his welcoming remarks, Minister Henryk Kowalczyk underlined that the meetings of the Polish-German Climate and Energy Forum have become a tradition, which is a testament to the fruitful and constructive cooperation between our countries on matters related to environment protection and climate.
Even though several months have passed since the end of COP24 summit in Katowice, Poland remains exceptionally active in climate policy, working with Germany to develop concrete global and European solutions which would benefit the environment, but also existing and future communitie - Minister Kowalczyk said.
During the meeting, Minister Kowalczyk reminded that in November 2018, the European Commission published a communication: “A Clean Planet for all - A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050”.
Poland supports evolutionary transformation of the European energy sector which needs to be conducted in a sustainable manner and taking into consideration the specific conditions of individual member states of the European Union - Minister Kowalczyk emphasised.
Mr Kowalczyk also pointed out that the role of innovation on the path towards a climate-neutral economy cannot be overstated. It is the industry that initiates and drives innovation, and it is there that solutions should be sought for a transformation that will be accepted by the communities, ensuring new jobs to replace those eliminated by the implementation of the climate policy.
It is a necessary condition for any climate strategy to succeed - Mr Kowalczyk said. - We need to take the opportunities that present themselves, but at the same time we must not forget that what for some is an opportunity, for others means uncertainty about their future. That is why a fair transformation is required, not limited only to replacing the lost jobs, but also increasing social awareness and providing assistance in facing the changes taking place - the Minister added.
About the meeting
This year’s forum was presided over by the Deputy Ministers of Environment of Poland and Germany - Mr Michał Kurtyka and Mr Jochen Flasbarth. During the discussion on the structural transformations in the industrial regions, Deputy Minister Kurtyka emphasized the importance of supporting the regions and the communities living in decarbonised areas.
By providing the necessary funding for the transformation and implementing the appropriate support programmes for training for new professions and careers, we will foster new investments which will replace the lost jobs in the carbon sector - Deputy Minister Kurtyka said.
Before the Warsaw Climate and Energy Talks conference, Minister Henryk Kowalczyk and Deputy Minister Michał Kurtyka met with Deputy Minister Jochen Flasbarth to discuss the cooperation between Poland and Germany on climate protection.
About Warsaw Climate and Energy Talks
“Warsaw Climate and Energy Talks” were conceived in 2013 by the Ministries of Environment of Poland and German. The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform for exchanging experiences and knowledge, and to intensify the dialogue between Polish and German politics, business, science and civic society stakeholders.