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Poland: renewables to be installed in national forests

Poland’s State Forests and green energy supplier, Tauron Green Energy have signed an agreement that will enable and accelerate renewable energy projects and investments across state forests.

During the signing on 30 August, the Polish Secretary of State at the Ministry of Climate and Environment, Edward Siarka underscored the importance of this development in the context of the EU’s Green Deal.

“The use of ecological and renewable materials, such as wood and energy generated by photovoltaic panels is an important element in the context of achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal,” he underlined.

Investments in renewable energy sources are understood to be a top priority for Poland’s state forests. In conjunction with the latest measures, all properties owned by state forests (PGL LP) are undergoing thermal modernisation with new facilities being constructed using ecological materials.

Minister Siarka summarised the latest developments by stating that “in the face of today’s challenges with heat engineering and energy technology, we are particularly obliged to promote modern environmentally-friendly technologies. We are seeking alternatives that will reduce the emission of harmful greenhouse gases.”

In 2021, Poland recorded its highest level of energy production from renewable sources (30 terawatt-hours). Notwithstanding, the share of renewable energy sources in the country’s generation mix fell to 16.7 per cent, in comparison to 17.7 per cent in 2020.

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