The PGE company is currently making efforts to obtain licence to continue expanding the Turów open-pit lignite mine. This would enable continued operation of the Turów power generation complex (open-pit mine and power plant) until 2044. Meanwhile scientists and experts emphasise that in order to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of the climate crisis, all EU member states, Poland included, should phase out coal by 2030, at the latest. Lignite mining and combustion in the Turów power generation complex (power plant and open-pit mine) not only deepens the climate crisis, but will also have a long-term negative impact on the environment and the population of Poland, Czech Republic and Germany.
The Polish Minister for Climate and Environment, Michał Kurtyka, is currently seeking to issue a licence for the PGE GiEK company which will allow for the expansion of the Turów open-pit lignite mine. The issuing of the licence will translate into further expansion of the open-pit and will extend the operation of the power plant until 2044. Send a letter to the Minister for Climate and Environment and to the Chairman of the Management Board at PGE GiEK, urging them to stop further lignite extraction in the Turów open-pit mine and urgently set the year 2030 as the deadline for coal phase-out in Poland.