It is time for the Polish government and the Polish Energy Group PGE to accept the facts, stop breaking EU law and destroying the environment. They can no longer delay in preparing reliable plans of Just Transition of the region that will ensure the closure of the Turow complex this decade.
- It’s not too late for Poland’s government to do the right thing by Polish workers and its neighbours and end the dispute over the Turów coal mine by committing to a planned closure of the mine this decade, argues in EURACTIVE Zala Primc, a campaigner at Europe Beyond Coal.
“With negotiations between the two parties currently on hold and the CJEU’s ruling drawing ever nearer, the Polish government continues to wrongly portray the court’s temporary halt to operations at Turów as an attempt to immediately and permanently close the mine. In reality, what is being asked of the Polish government and PGE is to put an end to the Turów water grab and ensure the mine operates in accordance with EU law while a managed closure of the complex is executed this decade" - stress Primc.
Primc also reminds that .a report by Polish think tank Instrat “shows that Poland’s energy grid would continue unhindered should operations at Turów be temporarily halted. It finds the same would be true of a permanent closure in 2026”.
The decision by @EUCourtPress to halt mining in Turów will likely mean closing the power plant. Despite what PGE and the govt are claiming, this will not lead to a blackout. Turów generates only 3% of Polish electricity and runs at 40% utilization (1/4)⏬https://t.co/EBLBekzmP5 pic.twitter.com/1FmsbuXGGn— Paweł Czyżak (@paczyzak) May 23, 2021
Read the full article at https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/opinion/the-polish-government-must-wake-up-to-the-third-way-out-of-the-turow-crisis/
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