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Opportunities and threats for Poland's renewables sector - Perspectives to 2050

The BPCC, the British Embassy in Poland, the Polish Chamber of Renewable and Distributed Energy invite you to a seminar focused on the chances for the Polish renewable energy sector. 

The development of the sector continues to be controversial. Critics point to the high costs of investments, the necessity of backing up wind and solar energy with conventional sources and the need for public subsidies. Supporters highlight the reduced emissions of greenhouse gases, the reduced dependency on imported fossil fuels and the creation of thousands of new jobs.

Polish power generation, which is to a large measure still coal-powered, is at odds with EU energy policy. While renewable and distributed energy create huge new opportunities, the question remains as to whether Poland is ready to meet the EU's requirements. At what price must green certificates be sold at auction to encourage companies to invest in renewable energy? What barriers should be taken down to make investments in wind farms, biogas or waste-to-energy schemes profitable? What influence will the recenpt Papal encyclical have on the public debate on renewable energy? Why is the government preparing to amend the law on renewable energy just months after it came into force?

This event will be an excellent opportunity to learn the answers to the above questions and to look closely at the potential and plans for Poland's renewable energy sector right up to 2050. The event is aimed at investors, contractors, engineers, representatives of local authorities and NGOs.

Agenda:
09:30 - 10:00    Registration, coffee
10:00 - 10:10    Introduction and welcome
Her Majesty's Ambassador, Robin Barnett
10:10 - 10:30    Big picture/overview - Beata Wiszniewska, director, Polish Chamber of Renewable and Distributed Energy (PIGEOR)
10:30 - 10:40    Polish law and EU Directives - what's helping, and what's hindering the growth of Poland's renewable energy sector? - Paweł Puacz, legal adviser at Clifford Chance
10:40 - 11:50    Waste-to-energy- Municipal Waste Incineration Plan in Bydgoszcz case study – Anna Trudzik, Project Engineer Energy and Gas - AECOM
10:50 - 11:00    EU funds for renewable energy in the 2014-2020 financial perspective – Tomasz Hoffmann, managing partner, PNO CEE Consultants
11:00 - 11:30    Questions to the speakers, discussion
11:30 - 11:45    Coffee break
11:45 - 12:30    Panel discussion with representatives of Poland's environmental protection fund (NFOŚiGW), the energy regulator (URE), the Polish wind-energy association (PSEW), the Embassy of the Holy See in Poland, and the mayor of Kobylnica municipality
12:30 - 14:00    Networking lunch

The meeting will be held in Polish. Full simultaneous translation will be provided.

Participation is free of charge to registered delegates

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2015-10-15, 10:00 am (this event is in the past)

Venue British Embassy in Warsaw, ul. Kawalerii 12
Organiser British Polish Chamber of Commerce

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