Poland postpones coal phase-out

Poland will be slower to close its coal mines, but the country maintains its plan for all of them to have closed by 2049, minister says.
Photo: Jakub Stezycki/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix
Photo: Jakub Stezycki/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix
by LOUISE WENDT JENSEN, translated by jonas sahl hollænder

“We cannot get dependent on imported coal that is much more expensive than ours. Therefore, we need to delay closing the mines,” says Poland’s State Asset Minister Jacek Sasin as cited by media Euractiv.

Poland recently entered collaborations with the US and South Korea to establish nuclear power in the country, and the first plant is slated for readiness in 2033.

According to the minister, none of the coal mines currently in use in Poland will close until that happens. But they are still planned to shut down before 2049.

Sasin also says, according to Euractiv, the coal extraction in Poland will be slightly increased in the last months of the year compared to preceding years as there is no room for more imported coal at Polish ports.

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