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Poland Pushes Back on Far-Reaching EU Carbon Neutral Plan

March 5, 2019, 6:41 PM

Poland emerged as the main dissenter when European Union environment ministers discussed a proposal for the bloc to formally adopt a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by midcentury.

At a March 5 environment summit in Brussels, ministers from EU countries including Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Sweden spoke in favor of the net-zero idea, but Poland’s representative, undersecretary of state Slawomir Mazurek, said the goal was too ambitious.

“We’re worried about the excessive costs of transforming the energy sector. Poland advocates a more gradual approach,” Mazurek said.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, outlined ...