Working lunch | Energy transition in Poland and the European Green Deal

13.11.2019

Event

How can the modernization of heating reduce CO2 emissions and improve air quality? The Forum Energii invites  to a working lunch on the role of the heating sector in achieving Europe's climate neutrality by 2050. The meeting will take place on 13 November in Brussels.

13.11.2019
12:30 - 13:00
Networking lunch
13:00 - 13:10
Welcome “Where Polish energy transition stands?”

dr Joanna Maćkowiak-Pandera, Forum Energii, President 

13:10 - 13:25
Presentation “Clean heat 2030 – Strategy for a change”

Andrzej Rubczyński, Forum Energii, Heating Strategy Director

13:25 - 14:25
Debate “How the heating sector can contribute to the European Green Deal?”

Eva Hoos, European Commission,
​dr Joanna Maćkowiak-Pandera, Forum Energii, President 
dr Jacek Podkanski, Senior Engineer, Energy Security Division, Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank
Hanna Uhl, Ministry of Enterprise and Technology, Deputy Director of the Low Emission Economy Department
Paul Voss, Euroheat & Power, Managing Director

14:25 - 14:40
Closing remarks “Can heating modernisation be a part of just transition”

Jerzy Buzek, MEP, ITRE

14:40 - 15:00
Q&A

The new European Commission is committed to establishing a European Green Deal within the first 100 days of its mandate. The energy sector remains a key element in achieving ambitious climate targets. During the meeting, we want to present the state of the energy transition in Poland and discuss the pace at which the modernisation of the energy sector, including individual and district heating, can contribute to the achievement of climate targets. 

The background to the discussion will be the report of the Forum Energii "Clean Heat 2030", which presents the strategy of the Polish low-carbon transformation for the heating sector. The report was prepared with the support of EUKI. 

The Polish energy sector is changing. A great potential for reducing CO2 emissions lies in the heating sector. A move away from coal will not only help the climate. Poles breathe in the worst quality air in the European Union, which is a huge environmental and social problem. Without a deep transformation of heating, air quality will deteriorate even further and heating costs will increase.  In Poland, heating uses 24 million tonnes of coal per year, 12 million tonnes each for district heating and individually heated buildings. This represents about 38% of total coal consumption in Poland. 

Domestic coal-fired furnaces are the most important source of pollution in Poland. The Forum Energii advocates the elimination of solid fuels from individual heating by 2030. A move away from coal in district heating systems is also needed. Coal should be replaced, depending on the best local and economic conditions. 

The meeting is organised by Forum Energii, a Polish independent think tank supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy. It focuses on laying the foundations for a clean, innovative, safe and efficient energy sector based on data and analysis. 

Due to the fact that the number of places was reached, the registration was closed. Additional information: klaudia.wojciechowska@forum-energii.eu 

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