Considero que posiciones como ésta son muy a tener en cuenta de cara a la defensa del carbón presente y futura.
Poland blocks Brussels’ effort on emission targets
By Pilita Clark in London, Jan Cienski in Warsaw and Joshua Chaffin in Brussels
Published: June 21 2011 20:53 | Last updated: June 21 2011 20:53
Poland has blocked an attempt to toughen the European Union’s carbon emission targets just weeks before it takes over the rotating presidency of the 27-member bloc.
At a meeting of EU ministers in Luxembourg on Tuesday, Poland refused to agree to plans by the bloc to look at cutting emissions by more than the previously agreed target of 20 per cent in 2020 compared with 1990 levels.
“I am deeply disappointed that the only country in the EU that could not accept a good compromise on how we can move Europe to a low carbon economy was Poland,” said Chris Huhne, British energy secretary. “It is a dark day for Europe’s leading role in tackling climate change.”
At least seven countries, including Germany, the UK, Spain, Sweden and Greece, had backed higher targets ahead of the meeting, according to officials familiar with the matter.
The UK had pushed for a 30 per cent cut. Officials said a compromise target of 25 per cent was supported by all 27 countries except Poland. Unanimity is necessary for proposals to be taken forward.
Andrzej Kraszewski, Poland’s environment minister, said more analysis was required and the impact on particular countries should be taken into account. “We expect greater solidarity within Europe and an understanding of the situation of specific member states.”
Commission officials acknowledged the 25 per cent figure was not a binding commitment, but rather a suggested milestone in a long-term carbon “road map” setting out the most cost-effective way for member states to reduce emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050.
The road map feeds into a larger and more contentious EU debate about whether the legally-binding 20 per cent target should be raised to 30 per cent. Connie Hedegaard, the EU’s climate action commissioner, has sought to muster support for the higher target.
Mr Kraszewski’s decision could cast a pall over Poland’s first EU presidency, but is unlikely to do much long-term damage, said Pawel Swieboda, head of the Demos Europa public policy think tank.