Poland to go ‘circular’: gov’t minister
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Poland aims to move toward a resource-efficient “circular economy,” a government minister declared on Wednesday.
Jadwiga Emilewicz. Photo: PAP/Hanna Bardo
Jadwiga Emilewicz, minister for technology and enterprise, was referring to a system in which raw materials and products are extensively reused and waste is minimised.
She was speaking during a panel discussion held as part of the United Nations’ COP24 climate change conference in the southern Polish city of Katowice.
A circular economy is one in which raw materials are used for as long as possible and innovation helps improve the quality of products and extend their shelf life, Emilewicz told an audience of officials, researchers and environmentalists gathered in the Polish national pavilion at the COP24 conference.
“After all, what we want is for there to be less waste," she said at the discussion, entitled “Circular Economy and Climate Change: Poland’s Contribution to the Implementation of the Paris Agreement,” during the climate summit’s Innovation Day on Wednesday.
Poland’s Deputy Environment Minister Sławomir Mazurek seconded that a move toward a circular economy would ensure greater success in reducing hazardous emissions.
Thousands of decision makers from around the world have flocked to Katowice for the UN climate change conference, which opened on Monday.
The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as COP24, runs in the southern Polish mining city until December 14.
The summit aims to adopt a roadmap for putting into practice the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which seeks to slow climate change, public broadcaster Polish Radio has reported.
Speaking at the official opening of the summit on Monday, Polish President Andrzej Duda said his country was "ready to take its share of responsibility for international security," including in terms of climate policy.
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told international leaders on Tuesday that his country was among nations leading the way in efforts to stop global warming.
Leaders from 45 countries gathered at a UN climate change conference have adopted a Polish-drafted declaration to protect the climate while ensuring economic growth and maintaining jobs, a news agency has reported.