INTERNATIONAL PANEL: A SECURE ENERGY FUTURE FOR EUROPE – INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE SUMMIT TOGETAIR 2022 (DAY 1)
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine requires a review of current energy policy in Europe. How can the previously established climate targets be maintained in the new reality? Participants of the first international debate sought answers to the question of how and on what basis can we build an independent and competitive energy policy for the European Union.
The guest speakers were:
• Ionuț Sorin Banciu, Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests in Romania
• Dan Dragoș Drăgan, Secretary of State, Ministry of Energy in Romania
• Armen Konrad Artwich, Member of the Management Board for Corporate Affairs in PKN ORLEN
• Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board
• Marcin Chludziński, President of the Management Board, KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.
• Bartłomiej Pawlak, Vice-President of the Management Board, PFR
• Paweł Szczeszek, President of the Management Board, TAURON
• Michał Kurtyka, President of the COP24, Minister of Climate and Environment in the years 2019-2021
The debate was moderated by Dominika Tarczyńska, POLSAT NEWS.
Ionuț Sorin Banciu, Minister of Environment in Romania connected virtually with other participants of the panel:
- Climate change and environmental degradation are two of the world’s most serious threats. Considering its objectives, the European Green Deal, turns climate and environmental challenges into opportunities. These challenges require coherent policies to ensure sustainable development on both european and memebr state level and to reach the target of reducing the GHG emissions by 50% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.
In his opinion, the energy security and climate neutrality are not independent of each other. Romania’s post-pandemic reconstruction and energy plan are based on solar energy, making the country independent of raw material supplies from Russia. Romania currently has a balanced mix of nuclear and solar energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It plans to phase out coal by 2032 and to expand production capacity from renewable sources. Romania already obtains 41% of its energy from renewable sources.
- Romania is in solidarity with all the EU member states in the fight against climate change and will give its full suport in ensuring the implementation of the climate energy priorities assumed at regional, international and global levels.
Dominika Tarczyńska asked Dan Dragos Drăgan, the Minister of Energy in Romania about the impact of the war in Ukraine on the Energy security of Romania and its climate goals.
Dan Dragoș Drăgan:
- We had the opportunity to diversify our energy mix, because that should be reflected in the energy market. We cannot rely on Russian gas but must manage both industrial and household emissions (…) We have new ways of getting gas, and we can’t wait to create the corridor from Gdansk to Greece.
Next, Minister Drăgan was asked about the attitudes towards nuclear energy in Romania.
- Romania has a good history of developing nuclear power plants, he replied. - We want to build large-scale power plants using modern technology. We want to push the decarbonisation process further. In Romania, 50% of energy comes from renewable sources. We want to achieve the goal of climate neutrality. In order to ensure security of energy supply, conversion through natural gas is necessary. By 2024, we want to put additional energy units into operation, but so far we have to focus on finding additional resources. We’ll have to secure ourselves for another four to five years. We want to use all the means and technologies at our disposal to achieve decarbonisation.
OUR WAY TO CLIMATE NEUTRALITY: BENEFITS AND COSTS
Minister of Environment in the Czech Republic, Anna Hubáčkova, said in her online statement:
- The climate change is definitely one of the major challenges of our times. The necessary green transition and transformation towards climate neutrality represent a huge task and would require deep changes in our economies and societies. In the Czech Republic the GHGs decreased by 43% in the period from 1990 to 2020. We have met our domestic and EU goals for 2020 and with some additional measures we expect to meet our current 2030 targets.
Jakub Groszkowski, Dyrektor Wykonawczy Central Europe Energy Partners, in the debate on the costs of climate change pointed to the better situation we are currently in:
- Central Europe has learned its lesson from the 2009 crisis. And to some extent Central Europe has then succeeded in drawing the attention of the other countries of the European Union to the security of energy supply (. . .) Central Europe is thus experiencing the current crisis in a better state. Our warehouses are filled at a higher level than e. g. in Germany.
INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE SUMMIT TOGETAIR 2022
The Climate Summit took place between 20 and 22 April in the Library of the University of Warsaw (BUW), Dobra 56/66 in Warsaw and in an online space accessible to everyone in Poland and Europe.
The event, organised in a hybrid format and broadcast by a TV studio, can be watched free of charge and without registration on the main pages of the leading Polish Internet portals https://togetair.eu/partnerzy as well as on the Polish and Belgian platforms Linkedin and Twitter, so that our voice is heard in Europe.
In 2022, the event was extended on the international level, intensifying cooperation between Poland and the countries of the Three-seas region and the European Union. Each day of the Summit begins with a panel in English on Global and European issues.
The organisers of the International Climate Summit have also invited representatives of ministries, local governments in the rank of marshals, representatives of state-owned companies, NGOs, multinational corporations and small companies committed to climate protection. TOGETAIR received the patronage of the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola.
You can watch the interview with the Minister of Climate and Environment in Poland, Anna Moskwa for Politico.com: TOGETAIR 2022: Anna Moskwa, Minister of Climate and Environment in an interview for Politico
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