Risks of low-carbon transition in Poland





Centrum Konferencyjne Ogrodowa 58, Ogrodowa 58 Str. (VIP room)

On October 12 in Warsaw we will organise an international seminar on risks associated with different transition pathways in Polish energy sector.
The purpose of the seminar is to present the potential low-carbon transition pathways and their consequences for the labour market, innovativeness of the economy and the energy security of the country. The issue of a transition to low-carbon economy raises doubts among politicians as well as representatives of industry and economists. On the one hand it allows for the reduction of emissions and participation in the development of fast growing technologies. On the other hand, it could reduce the demand for jobs in mining sector, increase energy system costs and limit the energy security.
During the seminar, researchers from Poland, Switzerland and Greece  will present the results of their research on the low-carbon transition.  
Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping Workshops
One of the elements of the meeting will be the workshop based on the method developed on the National Technical University of Athens. The aim of the workshop will be to collect the opinions of stakeholders on the most important risks associated with the low-carbon transition as well as the risks associated with preserving the status-quo.   We hope that the  discussion between different stakeholders groups: public administration, trade unions, industry representatives, NGOs and academics will allow to better assess risks and design public policies.  

We encourage you to read the detailed program of the seminar (below).


The seminar will be held on October 12  (hour: 12:30-17:00) in the Conference Center “Ogrodowa 58” in Warsaw (Ogrodowa 58 Str.; 10 minutes walk from the "Rondo Daszyńskiego" metro station). Please confirm your participation by the website: https://seminariumTRANSrisk-en.konfeo.com by October 6.


  • 12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

  • 13.30 - 14.10 Opening session: Available transition pathways and associated risks

    Piotr Lewandowski (Institute for Structural Research – IBS)

    Representative of the government (to be confirmed)

    Prof. Władysław Mielczarski (Łódź University of Technology – PŁ)

    Robert Jeszke (National Centre for Emissions Management – KOBiZE)

  • 14.10 - 15.45 Session I

  • The role of coal in Polish Energy Mix

    Dr Artur Wyrwa (AGH University of Science and Technology)

  • The costs of low-carbon transition for the labour market

    Marek Antosiewicz (Institute for Structural Research – IBS)

  • Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping method for structuring Stakeholder's opinion on low-carbon transition: presentation and excercise

    Prof. Haris Doukas (National Technical University of Athens – NTUA)

    Alexandros Nikas (National Technical University of Athens – NTUA)

    Aleksander Szpor (Institute for Structural Research – IBS)

  • 15.45 - 16.00 Coffee break

  • 16.00 - 17.15 Session II

  • Do we need gas as a bridging fuel? A case study of the electricity system

    Paula Diaz (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich – ETH Zurich)

    Dr Oscar van Vliet (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich – ETH Zurich)

  • Diversification of investments in energy technologies and a transition to a low-carbon economy

    Dr hab. Karolina Safarzyńska (University of Warsaw)

  • When and how to switch to green R&D?

    Dr Jan Witajewski-Baltvilks (Institute for Structural Research – IBS)

  • Summary

    Dr Jan Witajewski-Baltvilks (Institute for Structural Research – IBS)

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