Transition to a low-emissions economy in Poland

November 11, 2011, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dr. Leszek Kasek, Senior Economist, The World Bank
5825 University Research Court, Suite 3500
College Park, MD 20740

ABSTRACT: This study on Poland is part of the World Bank’s series of low-carbon growth studies. It poses the question of how Poland, an EU member state, an industrialized ‘Annex I’ country for the purposes of international climate discussions,1 and an OECD member, can transition to a low emissions economy as successfully as it underwent transition to a market economy in the early 1990s. With a broad consensus that global coordinated action is needed to prevent dangerous climate change estimated to cost about 1 percent of global GDP) and with EU policies on climate change already in place, Poland faces immediate policy challenges. Could the country commit to more ambitious overall greenhouse gas mitigation targets for the longer term – to 2030 and beyond? What technological options are available, and how expensive are they compared with existing technologies? Would there be high costs in lost growth and employment? Over a shorter horizon, to 2020, what are the implications for Poland of implementing EU policies on climate change? The report addresses these questions while advancing the approach of the Bank’s low carbon studies by integrating ‘bottom-up’ engineering analysis with ‘top-down’ economy-wide modeling.

BIOGRAPHY: Leszek K─ůsek is a Senior Economist in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Sector Unit of the Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank.

Parking is free but a visitor parking permit is required. Please let Kim Swieringa (kim.swieringa@pnl.gov) know if you will be driving and need a visitor permit.

LOCATION: JGCRI, 5825 University Research Court (off of River Road), Suite 3500, College Park, MD 20740. http://www.globalchange.umd.edu/