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Poland Wants Coal Use Beyond EU Net-Zero Date in Security Push

  • Deputy PM says war waged by Russia forces green-plan rethink
  • Government previously sought to close last coal mine by 2049

Poland signaled that it wants to use coal to produce electricity after 2049 to bolster its energy security, underscoring the challenge the European Union faces in its goal of achieving climate neutrality by mid-century. 

The nation wants coal-fired power plants to be an “additional stabilizer” of its energy system, Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin said during a meeting with miners in the southern city of Katowice on Monday, Poland’s PAP newswire reported.