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The region’s potential in creating an integrated energy system – conference

On 25 November 2021, the third national scientific conference of the Department of Public Administration System at the Institute of Administrative Sciences of the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics of the University of Wrocław took place. It was titled as „The region’s potential in creating an integrated energy system.” The conference, organized in an interdisciplinary fashion, aims to integrate the representatives of universities, the government and the government administration entities as well as business and expert organizations in order to develop recommendations on achieving Polish climate neutrality by 2050. The originators and organizers of the event were dr hab. Renata Kusiak-Winter, assistant professor at the Department of Public Administration and mgr Aleksandra Pinkas, lawyer at the Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak law firm, cooperating with The Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics of the University of Wrocław. The honorary patronage over this year’s conference was taken by: The United Nations Global Compact Network Poland, The Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak Law Firm, The Institute of Territorial Development and the Polish Wind Energy Association.

The conference was opened with inaugural speeches by the authorities of the University of Wrocław and the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics. Prof. dr hab. Dariusz Adamski, Vice-Rector for Innovation and Change, emphasized that the problems accompanying the energy transformation are the most important challenge of the 21st century. According to the Vice-Rector, this conference is a good forecast of finding effective solutions for adapting to the changing reality. At the end of his speech, prof. D. Adamski declared his readiness to support the future activities of the Department in this regard. Prof. dr hab. Patrycja Zawadzka, Vice-Dean for Finance, Quality and Forms of Education of the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics emphasized that the issues raised during the conference are multifaceted and very important, as evidenced by, for example, the controversy around the location of wind farms. The deputy dean indicated that the development of technologies for generating energy from renewable energy sources (RES) is a priority.

Dr hab. Piotr Lisowski, prof. UWr, the Deputy Director of the Institute of Administrative Sciences, emphasized that the strength of the conference is its interdisciplinary formula and although the ongoing discussion is difficult, it is there to learn the truth. Dr hab. Jerzy Korczak, prof. UWr, Head of the Department of Public Administration, expressed the need to continue the conferences on climate and energy transformation, which creates a platform for discussion for scientists from leading Wrocław universities – this year along with the University of Wrocław, the University of Economics and Wrocław University of Science and Technology – as well as the representatives of the government administration and local government as well as business and expert organizations.

In the substantive part, the first speaker was the representative of the government administration – Andrzej Kaźmierski, Deputy Director of the Low-Emission Economy Department at the Ministry of Development and Technology, whose speech concerned “Poland’s energy security as a condition for sector integration”. A. Kaźmierski stated that the guarantee of Poland’s energy security requires investments in the field of hydrogen and renewable energy technologies, and therefore the obligation of the energy sector is to maximize the share of green sources in Poland’s energy mix. According to the speaker, the priority element of the energy transformation is the implementation of energy storage technologies and the liberalization of the so-called 10H principle, which will enable the development of onshore wind energy while ensuring social acceptance.

Then dr hab. Renata Kusiak-Winter delivered a lecture entitled “The need for regional cooperation to achieve climate neutrality.” Referring to the objectives of the EU climate and energy policy formulated in the European Green Deal, the referent pointed to the necessity of creating multidimensional cooperation platforms, referring to numerous examples of cooperation between the local government of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship and the border regions, academic centers, local government units, business, expert and non-governmental organizations, at the same time emphasizing the role of social activists.

The second lecture entitled “The obligation to protect the climate as a premise for sector integration” was delivered by mgr Aleksandra Pinkas. The paper presents activities of an international dimension to limit global warming and EU activities aimed at adapting the socio-economic system to the zero-emission model. A. Pinkas pointed out that the newly created integrated energy system will have a multidirectional character in terms of the subject by expanding the catalogue of energy generating entities and the subject by including many RES technologies in the supply chain, where energy carriers will allow for their multiple use, creating a closed circuit.

The panel session of the conference was opened by Anna Szczodra, attorney at the Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak law firm, who was the moderator of the panel entitled „Global trends and the Polish concept of sector integration”. In the discussion, dr Bożena Ryszawska, prof.  of The University of Economics in Wrocław presented the original concept of co-creation in energy transformation, according to which the individual becomes an active entity participating in the creation, implementation and evaluation of energy projects. Prof. B. Ryszawska emphasized the need to open the university to changes in the field of energy and climate policy and cooperation with the social and business environment. Kamil Wyszkowski, Representative and Executive Director of the Global Compact Network in Poland, postulated the creation of a climate education system in Poland as the best way to increase public awareness and actively participate in the process of green changes. Next, dr Kamila Tarnacka, Vice-President of the Management Board of the Polish Wind Energy Association, took the floor, citing the results of the European Climate Foundation survey showing 69% of respondents support the construction of a wind farm in their area, stressed that in view of the growing public acceptance of wind energy, it is necessary to liberalize the 10H distance principle. Antoni Bielewicz, Director of the European Climate Foundation Poland, noted that although it is possible to give up fossil fuels, it takes time, hence the so-called „transitional period”. Meanwhile, the implementation of the European Green Deal policy and the latest provisions adopted in Glasgow at the COP 26 climate summit means that the „transition period” must be as short as possible, because „green trends are happening now”.

The second panel session entitled „The region’s potential in creating an integrated energy system” was moderated by dr Maciej Zathey, Director of the Institute of Territorial Development. The first of the speakers of this session – Andrzej Jeżewski, Leader of the Energy Cluster of Oławski EKO – emphasized the need to liberalize the distance principle, pointing to hydrogen as the technology of the future. The creator of the Oławski Klaster emphasized the need to change the education system, to open classes in techniques for renewable energy installers and to create study programs for renewable energy project managers to meet the needs of the new labor market. Dr hab. inż. Sławomir Pietrowicz, Head of the Department of Thermodynamics and Renewable Sources of Energy at the Faculty of Mechanical and Energy of the Wrocław University of Science and Technology , stated that there is a strong potential for creating autonomous energy regions, and that energy clusters play an extremely important role in the transformation process. The speaker, recalling the experience of successful cooperation with the authorities of the city of Lądek-Zdrój, emphasized the key importance of LGUs, which by implementing numerous energy projects contribute to the achievement of climate goals. Artur Kowalik, Director of the Department of Economy of the Marshal’s Office of the Lower Silesia Voivodship, emphasized that „the voivodeship’s government is an animator of changes and innovation”, illustrating this thesis with the Lower Silesia Energy Strategy, which is to achieve the overarching goal – „Lower Silesia 2050 – a climate neutral region”.

The conference organized by the Department of Public Administration System once again gathered outstanding personalities from the climate and energy industry, who unanimously called for the integration of forces to provide us and future generations with a high quality of life on a green and clean planet. Achieving climate neutrality is the most ambitious project of the 21st century in which we all participate. Finally, it is worth quoting David Attenborough’s words at this year’s COP26 climate summit: “human actions create a brutal and unpredictable world. When looking for those who will solve the biggest problem in the history of the world, we must be aware that nature is a key ally”. The conclusions drawn from the debate lead to the reflection that it is already necessary to take bold and thoughtful actions, which should be initiated by science based on values, the highest of which is truth.


Translated by Rafał Karwacki (student of English Studies at the University of Wrocław) as part of the translation practice.

Published by: Maria Kozan

13 Jan 2022

last modification: 13 Jan 2022