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Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP)
01 July 2011

SECURITY IN ENERGY SECTOR WITHOUT ABUNDANT COSTS

The Polish Higher Education-Business Forum and Central Europe Energy Partners organized the seminar about security in energy sector and the challenges for Poland and UE Members States- three days before launching the Polish Presidency of the European Union (on 28 of June in Warsaw).

The Representatives of business and science associates in the PFA-G have postulated of support finding compromise solutions to strengthen the security in energy sector in the European Union by enabling use of the cheapest and the most available indigenous energy sources, while the constant reduction of CO2.

 

The Polish Higher Education-Business Forum after being acquainted with the Central Europe Energy Partners position concerning indigenous sources of energy and associated means of reduction of CO2 emissions, which have been sent to the EU Commissioner for Energy - Guenther Oettinger, on the 1st June, 2011, states the following:

 

  • The proposal refers to the use of coal with the possibility of reducing CO2 emissions, aided by relevant development of technology increasing the energy efficiency of the installations.

 

  • The idea to establish a benchmark allows prompt and indispensable investments, with 5 yearly reviews (taking into account technological progress).

 

 

  • The proposed shift of the derogation of the EU for Poland in 2020, beyond this horizon time, will allow for depreciation on investments (20 years since the launch of the investment), thus reduction of carbon dioxide emissions would be constant.

 

  • The proposal supports the extra efforts of investors to reduce CO2 emissions by, for example, further improving energy efficiency, CCS, etc. above the established benchmarks, hence, for each additional one per cent reduction in CO2 emissions over the threshold, an additional  year of derogation would be awarded.

 

To conclude, the above solution enhances security in the energy sector in the European Union, by enabling use of the cheapest and the most available indigenous energy sources, whilst applying a constant reduction in CO2.

 

The Polish Higher Education-Business Forum addresses the relevant State institutions to support the presented proposals within the European Union under the Polish Presidency.

 

About the seminar

In the seminar, which took place at Warsaw University of Technology, the guests were:  Deputy Mr. Maciej Kaliski Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy, Mr. Günter Verheugen European former Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry in 2004 – 2010, and rectors of the universities, heads of polish key enterprises and journalists.

 

After greeting the participants at the Warsaw University of Technology by the Rector of Warsaw University of Technology Prof. Włodzimierz Kurnik, Mr. Paweł Olechnowicz, CEO of the PFA-G and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CEEP made ​​the opening of the seminar and had presented speech about a new technology solutions as a way to reduce CO2 emission by using indigenous sources.

 

Among the speeches about the energy security, Mr. Robert Soszyński – The Chairman of Board PERN “Przyjaźń” S.A. had presented the project concerning the development of salt caverns (gas, oil and fuel) which should enormously increase energy security in the Baltc Sea region. The letter of intent in this case was signed in June by PERN and Grupa LOTOS, which was supported by CEEP.

Very important in the discussion was the voice of Mr. Piotr Piela, partner Ernst & Young, who spoke about the opening balance of the energy sector in Central Europe countries, prospects and possibility for regional cooperation.

 

Mr. Günter Verheugen had presented an opinion about EU 10 position and role in the Strategy and Policy EU 2050. The European Commissioner said that energy demand will increase and require the investment in this sector of the economy.  The energy is a key to economic growth and if the EU isn’t a monoblock but the union of many nations, it should talk about different directions of development on the Old Continent.  The EU should change its one-way opinion on common issues and take into consideration the arguments presented in Central Europe.

Properly defined and coordinated policy during the Polish presidency could bring a significant stimulus for the whole European community.

Position of nuclear energy in the world energy balance was the title of the last presentation by Prof. Roman Domański – The Head of Univesity Center of Sustainable Systems

The last speaker of the seminar – Mr. Maciej Kaliski made a summary. The Minister stressed possible threats to European security in energy sector: ideological aversion to coal and nuclear energy, lack of enthusiasm for the shale gas and the choice of renewable energy which is 3 times more expensive than conventional energy sources. Increased depend of energy exports. According to the Minister, before EU come to a head two different scenarios – the collapse of energy or derogation and take advantage of thoughts and experiences of the New Europe, this is an opportunity to change policy direction.

The Minister taken attention to three priorities of European Presidency: the exterior energy policy, internal energy market and energy efficiency. The Polish Government will think about the whole Union in accordance with solidarity principle. Minister assured also participants, that Polish government in frame of the presidency in the EU will support the CEEP`s initiative concerning use of indigenous fuels and reduction of CO2 emissions.

It is worth mentioning that the seminar PFA-G at the Warsaw University of Technology was the fourth in a row, which was organized in less than two years since Mr. Paweł Olechnowicz, become the chairman of the board of the association.

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