Over 99% of the hard coal and lignite used by the power industry in Poland comes from Polish mines.
Polish coal-fired power stations are the major consumers of raw materials extracted in domestic mines, providing a stable market for domestic hard coal and lignite mining. They consume almost all the coal extracted by Polish miners. According to the calculations of the Ministry of State Assets, more than 99 percent of hard coal and lignite used by the power industry comes from Polish mines.
As a strategic electricity generator for Poland, NABE will remain a key partner for Polish mines, providing a stable market for the Polish mining industry. The reduction in the production of energy from fossil fuels expected in the coming years will be achieved step by step, in line with the principles of just transition. One of the goals is to adapt the pace of change to the needs of market for energy fuel, the pace of RES development, and to realistic options to adapt the labour market;
The reduction of coal-fired power generation and gradual shutdown of the least efficient power plants will take into account the pace of restructuring in the coal mining sector. Ultimately, solutions creating stable jobs in other sectors will also be introduced. Energy transition that is just and provides social security will provide a balanced environment for restructuring the labour market, in tune with the needs of communities with strong mining and conventional energy history. Regional transformation will include: building new industries, reskilling and upskilling of workers, creating new innovative enterprises or developing existing ones. An effective transition must be just and socially acceptable;
A key tool for this process is the EU Just Transition Mechanism (JTM) and the Just Transition Fund (JTF). EU funding will be available to support regions with the highest degree of transition, where retraining and active integration of workers and job seekers will be necessary.