Poland Plans First Nuclear Plant
21 December 2004
AFX. Poland plans to build its first nuclear power station by the year 2023 in order to comply with requirements restricting greenhouse gas emissions, according to Deputy Economy Minister Jacek Piechota.
“Before 2023, we will have to have clean energy in the Polish electric power system,' he told the radio station RMF FM. “Round about 2023, we will no longer be able to respect very strict environmental norms, especially concerning greenhouse gases. The priority for the next 15 years will be to develop renewable electrical energy resources; windpower, biomass and hydro-electric power. But these resources will not suffice.”
Poland has traditionally depended heavily on lignite and hard coal, and will continue to do so in the future. However, there are plans to increase the use of natural gas and renewable energy sources to 7.5% by 2010. (PointCarbon)
The Finance Ministry is also proposing replacing an existing registration tax on new and imported second-hand road vehicles with a system based on emissions and engine capacity. (ENDS)
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