Energy Not only for energy security
Poland - Even though securing the country’s energy security is cited as the most important argument for its planned energy investments, it surely is not the only one. The others are environmental protection, increased competitiveness on international markets, new jobs and increased GDP growth.
Being implemented gradually by Beata Szydło’s government, Poland’s energy strategy is based on two main premises. The first one is the country’s energy security, the second – widely defined competitiveness and progressiveness. Energy security primarily means the full or as big as possible, independence of the Polish economy from foreign supplies of raw materials, the optimal usage of its own natural resources in accordance with the concept of sustainable development, development of renewable sources of energy as well as the support for investments that should have long-term benefits.
Taking advantage of raw materials, which up to now, has only been used to a small extent or not at all and discovering the new possibilities to use the assets. An example could be the planned heating network and co-generation – using the same unit of fuel to produce heat and electricity doubles the effect. An equally important condition for the implementation of Poland’s energy strategy, which at the same time, ensures energy security, is investing in new technologies. Without such solutions, the optimal usage of the country's natural raw materials may prove impossible. What is more, the Polish energy sector’s reliance on modern technology will make it safer and its prices more competitive, provide employment for qualified personnel and also be less damaging to the environment.
The last argument, which might be the most important one, and particularly important in winter (happening for the second year in a row) is that Polish cities are struggling with the problem of smog. Heating residential buildings (but not only) using solid fuels, mainly coal, has a negative impact on the environment. However, without the further development of heating networks, limiting the so-called low emission might turn out to be impossible.