Poland vetoes EU's Energy Roadmap 2050 due to carbon dilemma.

By bne IntelliNews June 18, 2012
Poland has vetoed the European Union's plans of further limiting CO2 emission for the second time. This time, it objected to Energy Roadmap 2050. To achieve its goal of cutting emissions by over 80% in 2050 (vs. 1990 levels), Europe's energy production will have to be almost carbon-free, as the European Commission argues. Deputy PM Waldemar Pawlak stated that EU's "all efforts" concerning climate will be fruitless, unless they are reached within global cooperation. He also cited estimates of the International Energy Agency (IEA), that suggest that the difference between 20% and 30% CO2 emissions cut by EU "stands for two week of emissions by China." According to European Voice, the roadmap lays out possible options for Europe's energy mix over the next few decades; these include several options designed to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions (dubbed "no regrets" options). "Poland wanted to change the wording of these options to make them more friendly to coal and gas," the newspaper reports. This was the last meeting devoted to the issue during the Danish EU presidency, whose six-month term ends at the end of this month. The next holder, Cyprus, has already announced energy will not be included in its agenda, as noted by the Polish public radio.

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