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Poland adopts its new energy policy until 2040

4 Feb 2021

The Council of Ministers of Poland has approved Poland’s energy policy until 2040, which aims to shift its power mix to less emitting energy sources and will limit the share of coal in electricity production to 56% in 2030. It also targets at least 23% of renewable energy sources in gross final energy consumption in 2030 (at least 32% in electricity, mainly from wind and solar PV, 28% in heating and 14% in transports), which should be achieved through a strong development of renewable capacities: Poland aims to reach 5-7 GW of solar PV and 5.9 GW of offshore wind capacity in 2030 and 10-16 GW of PV and up to 11 GW of offshore wind capacity in 2040. Gas will be used as a bridge fuel in the energy transition. Poland's energy policy also considers developing a nuclear power project that could start commercial operations in 2033. The nuclear plant would have an installed capacity standing between 1 GW and 1.6 GW. In addition, the country’s installed capacity of offshore wind energy would reach 5.9 GW in 2030 and 11 GW in 2040. This should help Poland cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% by 2030 compared to 1990 and  reduce its primary energy consumption by 23% in 2030 compared to the PRIME2007 projection.

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