Poland sees the benefits of using nuclear energy, said Paulina Hennig-Kloska, Minister of Climate and Environment. She added that Polish-American cooperation in this area is crucial to ensuring energy security. The head of the ministry met with the US ambassador to Poland, Marek Brzezinski, who emphasized that “cooperation in the field of nuclear energy, energy security and combating climate change is the highest priority for the United States.”
Minister of Climate and Environment Paulina Hennig-Kloska met the ambassador on Friday USA in Poland, Marek Brzezinski. During the meeting, the following topics were discussed, among others: on Polish-American cooperation for the development of nuclear energy in Poland.
“Cooperation in the field of nuclear energy, energy security and combating climate change is a top priority for the United States. We look forward to further work with Poland in these areas,” emphasized the United States ambassador to Poland in a post on X (formerly Twitter). Mark Brzezinski.
The ministry’s announcement stated that “Poland remains fully committed to continuing strategic relations with the US in the field of energy, including the prospect of building Polish nuclear power plants in accordance with the Polish Nuclear Energy Program.”
Minister of Climate on the construction of a nuclear power plant
The head of the Ministry of Climate and Environment, Paulina Hennig-Kloska, emphasized that investments in nuclear energy are “a strategic activity with implications for geopolitical and energy security, decarbonization, economic growth and technological progress of Poland.” “Poland sees the benefits of using nuclear energy and its value as a major industrial technology making a significant contribution to the fight against climate change and to socio-economic development,” said the minister, quoted in the release.
As she emphasized, “Polish-American cooperation in this area is crucial to ensuring energy security, especially in connection with Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.”
The head of the Ministry of Climate pointed out that the issue of building nuclear energy in Poland enjoys broad public support. The results of the study from December 2023 were cited. “In Poland, supporters of building a nuclear power plant prevail. Support for the construction of nuclear power plants is currently 89.9 percent. Only 7.2 percent of Poles are against this idea,” we read.
According to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, “it is particularly important that the majority of respondents (76.6%) are positively in favor of locating a nuclear power plant in the immediate vicinity of their place of residence.”
Nuclear power plant in Poland – location
On Friday, the Ministry of Climate announced that there are no grounds to change the location of the first Polish nuclear power plant in Pomerania. The decision to locate the nuclear power plant in the Choczewo commune is final – it was emphasized. According to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, changing the location would mean starting the entire process from the beginning, including research that had been ongoing since 2017, i.e. delaying the entire investment by up to 10 years.
On Wednesday, “Dziennik Bałtycki” reported that the new Pomeranian Voivode, Beata Rutkiewicz, said that “the environmental decision for the location in Lubiatowo in Pomerania has been issued, but we are still considering whether it was right. There are also different opinions about the selected technology. The coming months will be decisive.” “. Later, the voivodeship office published the voivode’s statement, in which Rutkiewicz emphasized that no decision had been made to change the location of the nuclear power plant in Pomerania, and the final decisions regarding the location would be made by the government in due time, after detailed analyses.
At the end of 2022, the then government announced that it had chosen the American Westinghouse as the technology supplier for the first nuclear power plant in Poland, which is to be built in Pomerania. The location indicated was Lubiatowo-Kopalino in the Choczewo commune.
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