Archive for Environmental policy

New contribution: Publication of the Greens in the European Parliament for 10 years Poland in the EU

Published in “10 spraw na 10 lat, czyli zielone pomysly na Polske w Europie [10 issues for 10 years, that is green ideas for Poland in Europe], a book published by the Greens/ European Freen Alliance in the European Parliament.

Energetyka odnawialna – co sie musi zmienic w naszym mysleniu?

Choc rozwoj odnawialnych zrodel energii (OZE) nastepuje stopniowo, to jednak odchodzenie od paliw kopalnych i energii jadrowej do OZE jest rewolucja. Jestesmy bowiem swiadkami globalnego procesu, ktory w niedalekiej przyszlosci calkowicie, nieodwracalnie i nieuchronnie zmieni sposob wytwarzania, dystrybuowania oraz wykorzystywania energii – zarowno w obszarze zaopatrzenia w cieplo, energie elektryczna, jak i paliwa wykorzystywane w srodkach transportu. Jak kazda tego typu zmiana proces ten budzi w wielu niepokoj, wywoluje niedowierzanie, sceptycyzm, w ostatecznosci sprzeciw. Zwlaszcza wsrod tych, ktorzy moga i musza na tej zmianie stracic, jesli nie zechca jej wesprzec.

Translation into Polish of the Corporate Europe Observatory’s report about the big business influence on the Warsaw Climate Summit

Published by Corporate Europe Observatory, CEO, 21 November 2013.

Nieszczescia chodza parami – wielcy truciciele, polski rzad i ONZ

Corporate Europe Observatory

we wspolpracy badawczej z Karolina Jankowska

Goszczenie tegorocznej Konferencji Narodow Zjednoczonych nt. Zmian Klimatu, COP19, przez Polske, kraj w duzej mierze uzalezniony od wegla i cieszAcy sie zla slawa blokujacego ambitna polityke klimatyczna na poziomie UE, nie wrozy nic dobrego dla jej rezultatow. Polski rzad zaprosil prywatne korporacje do sponsorowania COP – choc przede wszystkim na konferencje, co wywolalo fale pytan, czy COP jest nadal powaznym miedzynarodowym spotkaniem najwyzszej wagi, czy tez znakomita szansa do lobbowania przez tych, ktorzy maja bezposredni komercyjny interes w spalaniu wiekszej ilosci paliw kopalnych. Fakt, ze jeden ze sponsorow biznesowych, producent stali ArcelorMittal, zaplacil za budowe pomieszczen konferencyjnych i umiescil na nich swoje logo, jest znamienitym symbolem “zawlaszczenia” (capture) przez korporacje procesu negocjacyjnego COP.

W miedzyczasie odbyl sie Miedzynarodowy Szczyt Wegla i Klimatu (International Coal and Climate Summit), zorganizowany przez Swiatowa Organizacje Wegla (World Coal Association) jako wydarzenie rownolegle, przy wsparciu polskiego Ministra Gospodarki. Wspolnie wydali oni tzw. “Komunikat Warszawski” (“Warsaw Communique”) proponujac wykorzystanie nieistniejAcego w rzeczywistosci “czystego wegla” (“clean coal”) do walki ze zmianami klimatu.

New contribution: “The COP19 guide to corporate lobbying. Climate crooks and the Polish government’s partners in crime”

messecoverPublished by Corporate Europe Observatory, CEO, and Transnational Institute, TI, in October 2013. Research and writing: Rachel Tansey, with contributions from Karolina Jankowska, Nina Holland and Belen Balanya.

The COP19 Guide to Corporate Lobbying. Climate crooks and the Polish government’s partners in crime

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is yearly talks have become a “must attend” event for huge numbers of business and industry lobbyists, all eager to promote their preferred “solution” to tackling climate change – solutions which protect their business interests, provide them with new opportunities to profit and most importantly of all, allow them to continue polluting the climate and destroying the environment for everyone. False solutions to climate change have been promoted by powerful corporations and business interests for years, from a free market in pollution – a global carbon market that helps rich companies avoid emission cuts at source – to public funding for controversial technologies like carbon capture and storage (CCS), nuclear power and agrofuels which have been shown to harm people and the planet.

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Executive papers on energy efficiency in buildings in Central and Eastern Europe

Check out the newest executive papers on energy efficiency in buildings in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary published by Fraunhofer MOEZ and co-authored by Urban Kaiser and me (in German):

Panel discussion “Renewable jobs – jobs in renewables: facts and myths” during the congress organized by the Greens/ EFA in Warsaw

ziemiaThe panel discussion “Renewable jobs – jobs in renewables: facts and myths” is going to take place during the participatory debate about Poland and its future “Citizen’s energy for a good climate” organized by the Greens/ European Free Alliance (Greens/ EFA) in the European Parliament from 15 to 16 November in Warsaw.

What is the aim of this panel? As the organizers wrote:

In the midst of the crisis Europe is in need for new innovative sustainable strategies for jobs creation. For the Greens in Europe, investment in renewable energy is clearly one of the solutions to be implemented. There are many good examples across the EU to follow. Together with the public we will be looking at the solutions which could be applied in Poland and how to unleash the potential of green jobs in Poland.

During the panel discussion I am going to present the potential for jobs creation in the renewable energy sector in Poland as well the German experiences in this field. I am going also to discuss the potential for a transfer of these experiences to Poland.

More information about the panel discussion as well as the whole event is available on the website of the Greens/ EFA.