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In Poland, coal is no longer king — but its mark remains

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🗞️ Driving the news: In Konin, Poland, a century-long tradition of celebrating St. Barbara's Day by coal miners is facing its end as the city's main mine shuts down
• This closure aligns with Poland's political shift towards a centrist government that plans to reduce coal dependence and increase renewable energy usage

🔭 The context: The decline of coal mining in Poland has been ongoing due to factors like poor coal quality and European carbon pricing
• The ZE PAK Group in Konin, once a major employer, has significantly reduced its workforce
• Despite this, the cultural and economic impact of coal mining remains deeply ingrained

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Poland's heavy reliance on coal has made it a key opponent of the EU's green agenda
• The country's stance has influenced less ambitious EU climate targets and a focus on a "just transition" that seeks to mitigate the impact on those affected by the shift from fossil fuels

⏭️ What's next: As Poland transitions away from coal, there is hope for sufficient support from the EU and national government to assist workers in transitioning to a post-coal economy

📈 One stat: The number of coal mines in Poland has halved between 1990 and 2014 due to various challenges

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