Charging Poland: towards zero-emissions vehicles

On February 19th, the Electric Vehicle Promotion Foundation (Fundacja Promocji Pojazdów Elektrycznych) and partners including PKN Orlen, BMW, Clean Power Energy, Solaris, Fortum and Volvo Polska launched a new report that aims to quantify the multiple economic and environmental impacts from a shift away from oil in transport and towards zero-emissions vehicles: Charging Poland.

The conference gathered more than 150 participants and was opened by Jadwiga Emilewicz, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology and Christoph Wolff of the European Climate Foundation, followed by 3 panel discussions: Charging Infrastructure; Public electric transport in cities; Innovation. Closing remarks were given by Michał Kurytyka – Deputy Minister of Energy.

The technical and macro-economic analysis focused on a mid-range scenario for deployment of low-carbon technologies in cars and vans, such as lightweight materials, hybridization, e-drive and hydrogen fuel cells. The analysis showed that by 2030 this transition pathway could generate savings for Polish motorists and would halve overall spending on overseas oil imports from €11.7 billion to around €5.8bn per year in 2040.

The shift in spending away from imported fuels and towards domestically produced electricity and hydrogen, and the Polish automotive and infrastructure value chains, would lead to a mild increase in GDP and employment. CO2 from cars and vans would be cut, even when taking into account CO2 emissions from energy production. Health-damaging Nitrogen Oxides and particulate matters would be down by 90% if e-mobility is rapidly deployed. But Poland needs to be wary of the potential influx of second-hand diesel vehicles as they are forced out of cities in Western Europe, which could push up Polish air pollution.

These findings are the results of 6 months of discussion and analysis between consultants and the expert working group.

The report is available here (in English)

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