Polish Energy Policy until 2030

Source: IEA/IRENA Renewables Policies Database
Last updated: 2 April 2012
On 10 November 2009 the Council of Ministers adopted the Energy Policy of Poland until 2030. Prepared within the Ministry of Economy, it includes a long-term strategy for the energy sector, fuel and energy demand forecasts, and an implementation programme of policies and measures until 2012.

The strategy addresses the most important challenges that the Polish energy sector faces both from a short- and long-term perspective. The measures outlined in the strategy are designed to offer solutions to these challenges, and their implementation will help satisfy a growing demand for energy, develop generation and transmission infrastructure, reduce dependence on external supplies of natural gas and crude oil as well as fulfil international obligations within the scope of environmental protection.

The policy specifies six basic directions for the development of the Polish energy sector, namely:
-Improvement of energy efficiency;
-Enhancement of fuel and energy supply security;
-Diversification of electricity generation mix by introducing nuclear energy;
-Development of the use of renewable energy sources, including biofuels;
-Development of competitive fuel and energy markets; and
-Reduction of the environmental impact of the power industry.

These energy policy directions are highly complementary. Implementing measures in accordance with the above directions, the energy policy will aim to enhance the country?s energy security while observing the principle of sustainable development.

The Energy Policy contains detailed goals and implementation activities, along with a specific method for their accomplishment. Timeframes for implementation have been determined and responsible entities appointed. The level of detail in the policy?s action plan is unprecedented as compared with previous strategic energy policy planning documents.

Renewable energy activities include developing a path towards achieving the EU climate package goals, including by type of renewable energy source and by technology. The Energy Policy sets the following targets for renewable energy development: 15% share of renewable energy sources in final energy consumption in 2020; 10% market share of biofuels in transport fuels in 2020, while striving to make greater use of second generation biofuels. Support will be given to the development of agricultural biogas plants, and onshore and offshore wind farms.

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