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High costs of Poland's failure to transition to renewables: Eurostat’s new data

High costs of Poland's failure to transition to renewables: Eurostat’s new data

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Marta Grzeszczuk,
04.01.2024 13:15

Eurostat has released data on the share of renewable energy sources (RES) in the energy mix of EU Member States for 2022. Our country has a lot of catching up to do.

Eurostat is the European Statistical Office responsible for gathering and consolidating data from all EU member states. In December 2022, it published data on the proportion of renewable energy sources (RES) utilised by each country. Notably, data on Poland was provided to Eurostat by the Central Statistical Office.

EU's renewable energy generation reaches 23% in 2022

Sweden is the leading country in terms of renewable energy sources (RES) contribution to its energy mix, with a share of 66%. The Eurostat statistics consider the following sources as renewable: wind energy, solar energy (thermal, photovoltaic and concentrated), hydropower, tidal energy, geothermal energy, heat pumps, biofuels, and the renewable part of waste management.

Eurostat data on RES share
Eurostat data on RES share (Eurostat)

The EU average for 2022 is 23%, a slight increase from 2021, when it was 21.9%. The top three European countries with the highest share of RES are Finland, at 47.9%, and Latvia, at 43.3%.

Poland’s RES share below European average

Poland ranks at the bottom of the Eurostat ranking with a renewable energy share of only 17%. We have previously discussed how our country's lack of progress in energy transition is not only harming the environment but is also causing financial strain.

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On January 1st, Janusz Piechocinski, who is a popular user of X (formerly Twitter), shared the most popular posts from 2023 among political observers. One of the posts highlighted the fact that energy production in Poland is the most expensive in Europe.

Source: Eurostat

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