Poland to shut coal mines by 2049

Hard coal mines in Poland are to be shut by 2049, under a deal signed on Friday between the Polish government and coal mining trade unions.

Polish State Assests Minister Jacek Sasin signing the deal in the southern Polish city of Katowice.

Polish State Assests Minister Jacek Sasin signing the deal in the southern Polish city of Katowice.Photo: PAP/Andrzej Grygiel

The deal has been signed by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin and Artur Soboń, the head of a government delegation that has been negotiating with unionists.

According to Poland’s authorities the agreement outlines a „fair path to the transformation of the Polish mining and energy industry,” as heavily coal-dependent Poland is striving to cut emissions that damage the environment without triggering massive job losses in its mining sector.

In April, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced that Poland aims to cut its dependency on coal so that by 2040 it is used to produce as little as 11 percent of the country’s energy, down from the current 70 percent.

Duda said his country would build a sustainable energy mix based on nuclear and renewable energy, as well as gas.

He also vowed that his country would play an active role in world climate policy.

Source: IAR

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