Lubin, 20 August 2020
ZPPM / 78 / VII / 2020
Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA)
Unit A3- Adaptation
Public consultation: Ref. Ares(2020)2509310 – Adapting to climate change – EU strategy
Stanowisko Związku Pracodawców Polska Miedź w sprawie strategii UE – przystosowanie się do zmiany klimatu – w kontekście Europejskiego Zielonego Ładu (EGD).
Commission Work Programme/ Inception impact assessment (European Green Deal Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change) – Ref. Ares(2020)2509310 – Adaptation to Climate Change, Blueprint for a new, more ambitious EU strategy
Employers’ Organization of Polish Copper position on European Green Deal Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change
Employers’ Organization of Polish Copper welcomes a European Green Deal to put Europe on the right track to a sustainable future and is prepared to take the necessary measures to make it the world’s first climate neutral continent.
As the representative of the Polish metals mining, processing and smelting industry, we welcome the Commission’s renewed EGD Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change as a part of actions for a greener and cleaner economy. We are committed to substantially contribute to climate change adaptation. We also believe that an updated Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change should focus both on prioritizing policy areas and actions where EU interventions can be most effective as well as on assessing how to increase ambitions in a manner that best contributes to sustainable growth and enhances economic competitiveness.
The European & Polish metal mining industry plays a critical role in underpinning economic growth. The development of mineral resources is a pillar for many national economies, in terms of contribution to gross domestic product, foreign direct investment, tax & royalty revenues as well as other governmental revenues. Even more, the mining industry produces more than 42 different metals and minerals and employs 350.000 people directly and about 4 times as many indirectly. Modern extraction and processing of minerals and metals has brought huge benefits to society while reducing pressures on the environment, addressing green-house gas emissions, tackling pollution, minimizing waste and improving efficiency in the use of natural resources. Even more, the mineral industry will continue to enable downstream sectors to realize all these improvements.
The first segment of most value chains, the raw minerals sector is a supplier of critical materials and products to many sectors of the economy. With regards to climate change adaptation, the European minerals sector secures the availability of essential materials needed for a climate neutral, service and welfare orientated, circular and resource efficient economy. For example, the new infrastructure for alternative energies requires an increased use of metals and minerals, in particular steel for pipelines; copper and graphite for electricity cables, generators and electric motors; aluminium, primarily for electricity cables; and a host of other metals and minerals including phosphorous, potassium and nitrogen for biomass production. Also, solar photovoltaic panels and thermal systems use a combination of up to 22 non-ferrous metals, silicon, chemicals (e.g. organic electrolytes) and a specific type of flat glass.
All European strategic value chains are related to the two main drivers of industrial transformation – the transition to a climate-neutral economy and to a data-driven economy. They are directly linked to improving competitiveness, fighting climate change, and enhancing technological development.