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On sustainable transition in Paris

Paweł Sałek, Vice-Minister of Environment and Government Plenipotentiary for Climate Policy attended the inaugural meeting in Paris regarding the preparation of a European low-carbon development strategy to year 2050.

The meeting accompanied the “One Planet Summit” and was organised by a consortium of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), and Bruegel (Brussels-based think tank specialising in economic and financial issues)..

During the discussion, the participants pointed out the need to include in the new low-carbon strategy the development of sectors which to that point were omitted in the provisions of the European climate and energy package – forestry and agriculture.

Vice-Minister Sałek stressed the need to include absorption in the overall emission balance of the European Union. He also pointed out that impact assessments of the implementation of the new strategy must be carried out at the level of each Member State.

“The implementation of the strategy should lead to climate neutrality for the whole European Union”, said Vice-Minister Sałek.

He also invited the organisers to hold one of the consultation sessions planned for January 2018 in Poland.

On the role of forests in CO2 absorption

During his visit to Paris, Vice-Minister Sałek also participated in a meeting devoted to the financing of sustainable economic transformation. It was organised by ICTSD and I4CE - Institute for Climate Economics.

In his speech, he pointed out that the Paris Agreement with 2030 Sustainable Development Goals provided a framework for shaping the development policy of all countries in the world over the next decade. He also recalled the experiences of the Polish transformation and the role of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in the development of environmental investments.

“Improvement of living conditions, an increase in wealth and energy security remain the top priorities for every society. Carrying these tasks out cannot have an irreversible impact on the environment at the same time”, Sałek emphasised.

The Vice-Minister also announced that the most important objective of the Polish COP24 Presidency was to adopt a full implementation package for the Paris Agreement, so that all the mechanisms and institutions provided for in the Agreement could be operational immediately.

The meeting on the preparation of a European low-carbon development strategy for 2050 took place in Paris on the 13th of December 2017.

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