In 2012 our two institiutes initiated efforts to prepare a document analysing possibilities of transforming the Polish economy into a low-emission one by 2050.
The economy respecting the natural environment, taking into account interest not only of current but also future generations, for which a clean air, an untouched landscape and the public health are not less important than the financial profit. Today we provide you with an elaboration – a result of our work. We hope that it will become a roadmap of low-emission development of Poland by 2050, helpful at making strategic decisions in our industrial, energy, transport, environmental and regional policy.
A central concept of the report 2050.pl – journey to low-emission future is modernisation. We understand it not only strictly a development of the economy, but rather of the civilisation characterised by a change in the hierarchy of values appreciated by Polish society and Polish politics following the same pattern as it does in the countries of the developed North. We are convinced that Poland of the future needs to be a creative, institutionally competitive and culturally attractive country, but before everything else the country aware of the fact that the growth cannot take place at someone else’s expense – citizens of developing countries and future generations. To make this happen we have to change our ways of thinking and behaving and invest in innovativeness, resources efficiency and quality of public institutions. In the report we prove, while analysing a complex modernisation package in the Polish energy sector, the industry, agriculture and services, that such a modernisation is at the fingertips.
"...After over 20 years of the transition to the market economy and fostered by European integration, Poland can choose between two broad future paths. The first one retains the current status quo with respect to the reform agenda and delayed reaction to global trends. In this scenario unwillingness to undertake important structural reforms will make Poland follow the path of the South European countries and fall into the middle income trap. The alternative is a modernisation scenario, in which future development is based on three pillars: (1) high quality public institutions and legislation, (2) creativity and innovativeness and (3) resource and human resource efficiency. Reforms targeting these areas will improve Polish chances to reach high level of development and join the group of European and global economic leaders by 2050..." 2050.pl - the journey to the low-emission future