Poland: Claiming benefits for coal plant that never was
12 July 2012
“Poland demands free carbon allowances for ghost coal plants,” headlines Euractiv.com. The Brussels based news website has revealed that of the €7 billion of free carbon allowances under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), Warsaw has been claiming €33 million for a coal plant which does not exist.
A Polish government official told EurActiv that the plant in Łęczna coal plant, near the Ukrainian border, falls into a category of sites for which “construction is in progress”. However –
... a 20 kilometre drive around the backwaters of Łęczna’s Stara Wieś-Stasin site on 5 July revealed a rural landscape of green fields, crop allotments, and country paths.
No buildings, installations or other power plant-related activity were evident at the coordinates for the installation submitted by the GDF Suez group to the regional authorities in June 2011.