Coal-dependent Polish utility PGE commits to 100% zero emissions by 2050

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:Poland’s largest utility, PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA, is planning to phase out coal and offer zero emission energy by 2050, CEO Wojciech Dabrowski said Sep. 15.“PGE, as the largest company in the sector, will play a key role in achieving zero emissions by Poland,” Dabrowski said at a Q2 results news conference. “Our strategic aspiration is to offer 100% green energy to PGE customers in 2050.”Dabrowski said the company is working on an updated strategy for release in late autumn that will detail PGE’s green transformation. In the second quarter, 88% of the company’s 13.22 TWh generation was produced in the company’s five lignite and hard-coal-fired plants and two CHPs. Just 5% was generated from renewable sources, the rest from natural gas. PGE is planning to invest huge amounts to have 2.5 GW each in offshore wind and solar capacity by 2030.PGE’s CEO said the company has decided to draw up a transformation plan for the company’s largest plant, the 4.93 GW lignite-fired facility in Belchatow. “Green investments can provide as many or even more jobs than current coal complexes,” he said. Dabrowski said PGE would also replace coal as the “basic fuel” for the company’s CHP and district heating plants with gas.In reaction to the European Commission’s proposal to increase the bloc’s emission cuts from 40% to at least 55% from 1990 levels by 2030, Dabrowski expressed confidence that PGE could cope with such a target and was hoping to access funds from the EU’s Just Transition fund.He said PGE supported the proposal to spin off the coal assets of the country’s three state-controlled utilities to a separate company that would be state-owned in order to help the power companies source funding for their green investments. He said the government had given preliminary agreement to the move and he expected a final decision following the cabinet reshuffle next month.[Adam Easton]More: Poland’s PGE targets zero carbon emissions by 2050: CEO Coal-dependent Polish utility PGE commits to 100% zero emissions by 2050last_img read more


Basigi demands more from Queens despite qualifying progress

first_imgBlack Queens coach Yusif Basigi is demanding more from his side despite their 3-0 win over Egypt in the second leg of their first round qualifier.The game was 2016 Olympics qualifier at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday and the Queens are on course to make their first ever appearance at the Games.”It was always going to be difficult because they are not a bad side, they came with a tactical ploy but we were able to upset them,” said Basigi.Winger Portia Boakye opened scoring in the second half before Jane Ayieyam and Elizabeth Addo sealed a 4-1 aggregate scoreline against the Lady Pharoahs.”We knew how they were going to play, they wanted to sit back and take us on counter breaks but we mapped a strategy for that. Individually we are ahead of them but tactically they are not bad.””We have to still sharpen our attack. We were not clinical upfront in the first half so we need to work on our attack going forward.” The Black Queens are now through to the final stage of the Rio 2016 qualifiers where they will face either Guinea or Cameroon.–last_img read more


‘Rotarians Are Big Hearted Distinguished Men & Women’

first_imgVice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has described Rotarians as distinguished and exemplary world class citizens and professionals that are responsive to the critical needs of humanity.VP Boakai made the statement last week Friday at a lunch hosted by the Rotary Club of Monrovia intended to honor founding member Joseph Richards, Al Browne and Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.He pointed that the visionary founding father of Rotary International was far back as 1905 endowed with so much urge to serve.VP Boakai reminded Rotarians and Liberians that the selfless and astute Chicago Attorney Paul P. Harris as far as back in the last century, could picture the enormous positive impact that such human bonding and drive could exact on his fellow beings in their respective communities even a century later to this day.The Liberian Vice President also noted that the ideals that attended the birth of this humanitarian organization more than 100 years ago and the embrace of its foothold in Liberia some 50 years find serene expression in the thoughtfully crafted motto.“We convene at this lunch meeting today, just as in beginnings when pioneering Rotarians – then a handful of big hearted and broad minded men- held similar regular meetings during their lunch hours on a rotational basis to plot their own service map as professionals with the urging to serve humanity,” VP Boakai asserted.VP Boakai also added that as a mark of their absolute accession to the highest of ethical standards, Rotarians carved for themselves a model guide in what they refer to as the four way test.He further stated that in aspiring to the pinnacle of ethics, Rotarians are duty bound to ask themselves in any enterprise they are set to undertake.Ambassador Boakai also explained that Rotary Clubs, like ours in this country, are noted for championing health issues, supporting hunger-fighting initiatives, providing safe and clean water in villages as well as responding to and helping rebuild when natural disasters strike.VP Boakai intimated that Rotarians rightfully designate their movement as a global network of over a million volunteers’ dedication to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.In remarks, honoree Joseph Richards urged the current generation of Rotarians concentrate their energy and time on the decentralization of programs across in order to meet the socio-economic needs of other Liberians.Rotarian Richards regretted the conspicuous absence his wife at the auspicious occasion of the Rotary Club of Monrovia’s lunch and honoring ceremony in Monrovia.Earlier, Rotary Club of Monrovia President Milton A. Weeks welcomed VP Boakai, staff, and Rotary members and guests for the lunch and honoring program.In brief statement, the Sinkor Rotary Club underscored the need for their participation in the official celebration of the 50th jubilee anniversary.Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Monrovia was founded on January 24, 1064 by few distinguished, business and professional Liberians in an effort to buttress the Liberian Government and other support partners in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more