Prime Minister Beata Szydło on the Polish success at COP21 in Paris

“The Paris climate conference, where Poland achieved a success, has come to an end. It’s thanks to the involvement of Minister Szyszko and his team, which negotiated the agreement – Prime Minister Beata Szydło emphasised.

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

During the Monday press conference at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, she expressed satisfaction that the agreement adopted on the UN climate convention (COP21) in Paris takes into account all three Polish demands.

Polish demands at COP21

Prime Minister Beata Szydło pointed out that at the climate convention in Paris she mentioned three issues important to Poland. The first of them is signing the climate agreement by all countries in the world. This is to ensure that the agreement is not reached only at the level of the European Union countries, but also that all countries in the world can join it. Today it’s these big economies – USA, China, Russia – that have to do most in order to support the climate. The second demand which is crucial to Poland was to include in the agreement the proposals which will take into account the characteristic nature of the individual economies. This is, for example, the case of Poland, where a discussion on coal and economic development has been conducted for months – Prime Minister Beata Szydło said. Finally, the third demand – the issue of forests and afforestation. This is the first proposal which Poland indicates as a solution which, on one hand, will improve the climate, and, on the other hand, will solve the issue of carbon dioxide reduction – the prime minister emphasised.

The Monday press conference of Prime Minister Beata Szydło was also attended by Minister of Environment Jan Szyszko, who pointed out that Poland is a country of success when it comes to the climate policy. At the same time he added that this success was noticed in the world, because Poland spoke with a strong voice.

Climate agreement

The Paris COP21 agreement calls for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible, stating it will take longer in the case of developing countries. Actions aimed at reducing CO2 emissions will be taken by all parties to the agreement, with the respect for their specific characteristics as well as socio-economic potential. The Paris agreement sets the goal of keeping the increase in the global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius until the end of the century. It also stipulates that during that period we should achieve balance between emissions of greenhouse gases and their absorptions, e.g. by forests.

The actions aimed at reducing CO2 emissions will take place e.g. by introducing new technologies or increasing the share of renewable energy sources in the energy balance. On the other hand, balancing of the emissions will take place, among other things, thanks to increased afforestation. This provision has been included in the agreement thanks to big determination of the Polish diplomacy. 

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