EU greenlights six backup power schemes

The European Commission has approved six schemes for backup electricity to ensure security of supply. It said the power capacity mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland comply with the rules aimed at preserving competition in the single market. The schemes in Belgium and Germany are for strategic reserves, which keep certain generation […]

EU fund invests in Polish gas pipeline

An EU fund is investing in a gas pipeline in Poland. The European Regional Development Fund is providing €79 million (£70m) to cover part of the construction costs of the 130km-long Zdzieszowice – Wrocław pipeline. The project will reinforce the existing regional gas transmission system and increase its capacity. It is expected to be completed […]

EU invests €112.5m in Polish gas pipeline

A total of €112.5 million (£98m) is to be invested in the construction of a natural gas pipeline in Poland. The funding from the European Regional Development Fund will be used for the 167 km-long Lwówek – Odolanów pipeline in the Wielkopolska region. It will connect the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in the city […]

EU climate laws ‘threatened by Eastern Europe’

The EU’s climate laws could be undermined by a mutiny from Poland and the Czech Republic. That’s according to documents seen by news website Climate Home, which says the Eastern-European states are diluting rules supposed to guide Europe towards the carbon reduction targets outlined in the Paris Agreement. Europe agreed to reduce its emissions by 40% before 2030, […]

Poland urged to speed up green transition

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has urged Poland to speed up its green transition. In its latest review of the nation’s energy policies, the IEA said Poland’s forthcoming energy strategy needs to prioritise long term energy security, place a strong emphasis on reducing emissions and air pollution, increase energy efficiency and decarbonise the transport system. […]

Polish state aid to close coal mines approved

The EU has approved PLN7.95 billion (£1.54bn) of Polish state aid to help close old coal mines. The plan to close uncompetitive mines by 2018 has been judged to be within EU state rules as it won’t unduly distort competition in the market and will alleviate the social and environmental impacts of the closure. The money will […]

EU approves Polish state aid for CHP scheme

The European Commission has approved a Polish scheme to support high-efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) generation. It found the scheme, which will run until 2018 with an annual budget of more than one billion Polish Zloty (£200m), complies with EU rules since it furthers efficient energy production. The support system was set up in 2007. […]

Czech Republic referred to EU court over toxic waste shipment to Poland

The Czech Republic has been referred to the Court of Justice of the EU over a shipment of toxic waste to Poland. According to the European Commission, the nation failed to take back 20,000 tonnes of hazardous waste, which were shipped to Katowice, Poland, by a Czech operator in late 2010 and early 2011. Polish […]

Poland granted €75m for home energy efficiency

Funding worth €75 million (£58.6m) has been granted to improve the energy and resource efficiency of residential buildings in Poland. Bank Zachodni WBK will sub-loan the funds to homeowners, housing associations and private sector organisations for projects that will tackle high energy and water consumption. Households in Poland uses around 40% of the country’s primary […]

€50m for energy projects in Poland

An investment worth €50 million (€36m) will be made in Poland to boost energy efficient projects. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide the money to a Polish bank. It will give a share of the loan to local small and medium-sized businesses which are seeking to reduce their energy costs. Around 70% […]