Poland named the EU’s major coal producer Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa (JSW) the first official partner of UN’s COP 24 global climate summit. “We hope that our participation in the summit will contribute to the promotion of JSW as an environment-friendly leader of the mining industry,” JSW CEO Daniel Ozon wrote in a statement.
Polish Environment minister Henryk Kowalczyk also named coal-based energy companies PGE and Tauron as partners for climate talks. All three companies are state-owned.
The appointment is controversial as Poland’s long love affair with coal caused the country to have the dirtiest air in the European Union. The air pollution level resulting in smog alarm in other European countries is considered acceptable in Poland, according to Polish Smog Alert.
This week the Polish government published a policy draft that aims to reduce reliance on coal to 60 percent by 2030 through renewables and adding nuclear energy to the mix.