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Going Green Must Include Nuclear for EU’s Largest Copper Plant

  • Surging emission costs push industrials to nuclear, KGHM says
  • Poland’s biggest energy consumer to be self-sufficient by 2050
The KGHM Polska Miedz copper smelting plant in Glogow, Poland.

The KGHM Polska Miedz copper smelting plant in Glogow, Poland.

Photographer: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg

Surging electricity prices and ever-tighter European Union emission norms are pushing the bloc’s industrial producers toward nuclear power, according to the company that operates the continent’s biggest copper mine.

KGHM Polska Miedz SA is particularly vulnerable as the biggest consumer of Poland’s overwhelmingly coal-based electricity, and plans to introduce nuclear power into its energy mix this decade, Chief Executive Officer Marcin Chludzinski said in an interview.