Thursday, May 19, 2022

Greenpeace has sued Polish Energy Group demanding closing 40% of power plants

 On May 18, 2022, the first hearing in the trial brought by the Greenpeace Poland Foundation against Polish Energy Group (PGE) was held in the District Court in Łódź.

Environmentalists are demanding zero carbon emissions from all of the company's power plants over the next 8 years. They indicate that greenhouse gas emissions from the activities of the PGE concern directly contribute to the deepening of the climate crisis.

The company defends itself, pointing out that meeting these demands would mean the liquidation of the infrastructure covering approximately 40 percent of domestic energy demand.

"The unprecedented lawsuit by activists from the Greenpeace Foundation is not only against our energy security but also against the security of the European Union, which today, in the context of Russia's aggression against Ukraine, should be the highest value for everyone," writes the company in the statement issued.

The statement recalled that PGE implements the low-carbon strategy adopted two years ago. The process of transition to low and zero-emission energy must be properly spread over time so as to ensure Poland's energy security, but also take into account the social and economic issues of such transformation. 

PGE says that last year's mediation was ended by Greenpeace after only one meeting.