27 June 2012 17:05 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--The Polish chemical industry will be among industries severely undermined if the EU pursues its Low Carbon Roadmap for 2050, the Polish Chamber of Commerce (PCC) said on Wednesday.
Launching a study that attacks the EU's plan to target an 80-95% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions across the bloc by 2050, PCC energy expert Boleslaw Jankowski said at the European Parliament: “The effects will be catastrophic for the Polish economy and budget.”
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Other consequences will be the annual economic costs, which will grow to €22.7bn ($28.4bn) after 2050 and a 400% hike in electricity prices after 2020, the study adds.
Another criticism of the roadmap strategy raised by the study is that it will force chemical and other producers to move to non-EU countries where climate control regulations are not so strict, thereby causing “carbon leakage” whereby CO2 emissions are not reduced but are merely shifted to another location.
The Polish Climate Coalition, an association of environmental and other NGOs, has backed EU Climate Action commissioner Connie Hedegaard's decision to continue pursuing ratification of the decarbonisation target.
The PCC report was not credible because it ignored huge gains that would be made from energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy innovation, that would be driven by the implementation of roadmap objectives, it said.
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