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The political economy of coal in Poland: Drivers and barriers for a shift away from fossil fuels

Hanna Brauers and Pao-Yu Oei

Energy Policy, 2020, vol. 144, issue C

Abstract: Poland is the largest hard coal and second largest lignite producer in the EU, generating around 80 percent of its electricity from coal. Resistance to a reduction in coal production and consumption comes from various actors, namely, coal corporations, unions, parts of civil society and the government – as well as their coalitions. Their opposition centres around the prospect of losing their business, past negative experiences with structural change, fears of rising energy prices and energy security concerns, as well as potential unemployment in regions almost entirely dependent on coal.

Keywords: Poland; Coal phase-out; Energy transition; Triple embeddedness framework; Political feasibility; Political economy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111621

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