| Joint seminar on Just Transition between Poland and Norway

Joint seminar on Just Transition between Poland and Norway

Sluttdato 25.10.2018

Joint seminar on Just Transition between Poland and Norway - Krakow, 25th October 2018

The Polish Ministry of Environment and the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment had a joint seminar on Just Transition in Krakow 25 October. The transformation from coal to renewable energy is a particular demanding challange for countries like Polen where the energy mix is dominated by coal. This seminar was part of the bilateral cooperation under the EEA and Norway Grants, building on many years of broad co-operation on climate and environment, and financed through the national bilateral fund.  IOS PIB and Vista Analyse facilitated the event and the enclosed report. 160 participants from governments, labour unions, business and industries, researchers and NGOs took part in the bilateral seminar.

The agenda of the seminar is given below. Note that not all presenters had a powerpoint presentation. For those who did, the title is blue and provides a link to the presentation. 

Read the Summary report from the seminar here.


Long-term perspectives for the Polish energy sector and climate commitments

Michal Kurtyka, Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Poland, Incoming COP24 President


Climate Challenges and follow-up of the Paris Agreement

Astrid Knutsen Hårstad, Junior Minister, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway


Polish Experiences from co-operation under the EEA and Norway Grants

Sławomir Mazurek, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Poland and Piotr Bogusz, Deputy Director, Department of Ecological Funds, Ministry of Environment, Poland


Experiences from Norway on tripartite/social dialogue in relation to restructuring of industries, roles of organizations

Are Tomasgard, Confederal Secretary, Norwegian Federation of Trade Unions, LO-Norway


Just Transition from the perspective of the Polish Presidency of COP24

Artur Lorkowski, Special Envoy on Climate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Polish Presidency Team of COP24 in Katowice


Decent Work agenda and Just Transition internationally

Samantha Smith, Director Just Transition Centre, Oslo


Labour market aspects of coal transition – Polish case study

Piotr Lewandowski, President of the Board, The Institute for Structural Research (IBS)


Just Transition from a Polish Trade Union perspective

Ewa Buzoń-Krupińska, Representative of the Inter-union Team for the Social Pre_COP24


Just Transition from a Norwegian Trade Union perspective

Jan Olav Andersen, The Electrician IT Workers Union, Barbro Tverfjell Auestad, The Industry and Energy Union


Opportunities in a low emission society- Norwegian Business Perspective

Per Anker-Nilssen, Head of Energy and Environment, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises (NHO


Co-operation on air pollution and improving the efficiency of the Polish environmental inspection

Barbara Toczko, Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection (GIOŚ)


Transportation: Electromobility

Krystian Szczepański, Director of the Institute of Environmental Protection- National Research Institute, Poland (IOŚ-PIB)


Electromobility - experiences from Oslo, Norway

Sture Portvik, Oslo Municipality


Energy Management in the Polish Industry

Andrzej Rajkiewicz, National Energy Conservation Agency (NAPE), Hans Borschenius, Norwegian Energy


Climate change adaptation - green infrastructure, jobs and public health

Anne Erlandsen, Vista Analyse


International cooperation in the CCS field through ERANET Cofund under Horizon 2020 and EEA-Norway Grants

Ragnhild Rønneberg, Special Adviser, Norwegian Research Council


Polish experiences –domestic and international projects

Adam Wójcicki, The Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute (PIG-PIB)


Just Catch – modular capture plants – offer several advantages

Oscar Graff, Vice President, Head of CCUS, Aker Solutions


Green innovation - Presentations on new business opportunities

Knut Ringstad, Innovation Norway, Jan Wrzesień, President of the Board, Zakłady Sanitarne w Krakowie, Paweł Jarzyński, Vice-chairmen of the Board, Jawar Sp. z.o.o.


Equinor: Offshore wind – new business opportunities

Paal Coldevin, Manager New Energy Solutions


Statkraft: Renewable energy technologies – role in the future

Steinar Bjørnbet, Commercial and Business Development Manager – Wind Europe, Statkraft


PGE in transition – How we do it

Robert Grzegorowski, Managing Director Offshore Wind Energy Office, PGE Energia Odnawialna S.A.


Panel: Just transition – how can we proceed?

S. Mazurek, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Poland

I. J. Wiese, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway

A. Tomasgard, Confederal Secretary, LO

S. Smith, Director Just Transition Centre, Oslo

M. Burny, Director, Department for International Affairs, PGE S.A.

P. Lewandowski, President of the Board, Institute for Structural Research