IRENA drafts Poland’s renewable energy generation roadmap

The International Renewable Energy Agency predicts that if Poland doubles its investment in wind power, by 2030 the country can fulfil 25% of its energy needs from renewable energy sources

In Poland, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) last week released a new report Remap 2030 ‘Renewable Energy Prospects for Poland’ discussing the country’s current landscape and predictions of its renewable energy generation by 2030.

The report is part of IRENA’s Remap 2030 initiatives to provide guidelines to double the share of renewable energy generation in the world’s energy mix by 2030.

The study is the association’s sixth country specific report and forecasts Poland able to increase its share of renewable energy in power generation from 7% in 2010 to nearly 38% by 2030.  

IRENA’s previous five reports of this type discuss renewable energy landscapes of China, Mexico, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. The REmap report for Germany is due out in early November, Metering & Smart Energy International has learnt.

Poland’s renewable energy generation

The report prepared with input from the Polish Ministry of Economy predicts the country’s share of renewable energy in total final energy consumption to reach 25% by 2030 if investments in wind power resources, power transmission and scale-up grid development double to US$4.5 billion annually.

IRENA says increasing investments in renewable energy sources would reduce Poland’s carbon dioxide emissions and could save up to USD$2 billion per year by 2030 in health and environmental costs.

Poland’s renewable energy use to date has been dominated by biomass and under current policies, the study says the share of renewable energy in Poland’s total final energy consumption would increase to just 15.5% by 2030.

Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of IRENA, said: “As one of the European Union’s largest energy users, Poland plays a critical role in fulfilling the region’s energy and climate goals.

With 143 members (142 States and the European Union), IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.