Poland Reluctant to Meet European Union's Emissions Reduction Targets

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 11 (UPI) — Poland says meeting European Union emissions reduction targets would cost $135 billion and hamper Polish aspirations to reach Western living standards.

The EU climate change summit, meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, is considering a pledge to reduce CO2 emissions 30 percent by 2020, EUobserver.com reported Friday.

The Polish Environment Ministry commissioned a report that concludes the cost to comply would equal 1 percent of the country’s gross domestic product for the next 20 years.

Poland, along with seven other former Communist EU states, says CO2 targets should not be set until such economic assessments are made and discussed.

The country is considered one of the worst polluters in Europe, as 95 percent of its energy comes from coal-fired plants, EUobserver said.

Environmental groups such as Climate Action Network say Poland has a poor track record on emissions.

In that spirit, the group announced a “Fossil of the Day” award to Poland in Copenhagen Thursday to try and goad the country into action on emissions.

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