Poland insists on nuclear’s role in green transition
(EurActiv, 27 Sep 2023) Nuclear power will play a crucial role in Europe’s transition to carbon-free, secure energy production, according to Poland’s secretary of state for strategic energy infrastructure.
“I want to make a very strong appeal: we cannot afford to reject nuclear energy,” said Anna Łukaszewska-Trzeciakowska, who was speaking at the Energy Day 2023 of the Polish electricity association PKEE.
“Without nuclear energy, large scale and SMR [small modular reactors], we will not be able to achieve our climate ambitions and assure our energy security,” she said at the event on 19 September.
Poland currently does not have any operational nuclear power plants but the country aims to have its first reactor online by 2033, followed by further capacity in the following years.
The country is also part of a group of pro-nuclear EU member states, which want to reach 150 gigawatts of nuclear power capacity in the EU’s electricity mix by 2050 and are calling for equal treatment for nuclear in EU legislation.