Poland sceptical about EU’s 90% emissions reduction target, cites economic concerns

(EurActiv, 9 Feb 2024) Poland is unlikely to back the European Union’s new climate target of cutting CO2 emissions by 90% by 2040, citing the economic and social risks that come with speeding up the green transitions, Polish media reported.

Earlier this week, the European Commission recommended a 90% net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 compared to 1990, in line with the latest scientific advice and the EU’s commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.

The proposed target will now be discussed with the European Parliament and the EU member states, with talks set to take up to a year. Following the European elections in June, the next Commission will make legislative proposals on this basis.

Warsaw believes that the new climate target will be challenging to achieve economically and socially, according to a Polish position paper on the matter drafted by the Climate and Environment Ministry and obtained by Money.pl.

The government believes the European Union should thus be prepared to make adjustments to limit the negative impact on society and the economy.

“We see little room for further CO2 reduction commitments,” said Deputy Climate and Environment Minister Urszula Zielińskan, stressing that Poland is currently focused on the EU’s current 55% reduction target for 2030.

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EurActiv, 9 Feb 2024: Poland sceptical about EU’s 90% emissions reduction target, cites economic concerns