The Bełchatów Power Plant, together with the "Bełchatów" and "Szczercow" open-cast mines, created the largest cone of depression in Europe. It drains fresh water water, contributing to severe desertification of the most dehydrated region in Poland – Łódzkie voivodeship.
Tell the Bełchatów Power Plant
what you think!
Why does Bełchatów
concern all of us?
Forty-five years ago, when the plant was constructed, the public was unaware that lignite was the most emissive and polluting fuel. Today it is certain that continuing burning of fossil fuels will lead to the end of our civilization.
The Bełchatów Power Plant is the black heart of Europe - it releases 35 million tonnes of CO2 every year which constitutes 10% of all Polish emissions. The Bełchatów Plant is Europe’s largest emitter. But the country is dependent on it - it supplies 20% of Polish electricity, delivering power to every fifth house.
Your reaction can stop the disaster.
We are experiencing increasingly extreme weather conditions: droughts, fires, storms and floods. These life-threatening anomalies hamper food production, cause water shortages, destroy vast territories, force people to migrate, and create conflicts over resources. How to prevent this? We can reduce air travel, move by bikes instead of cars or stop eating meat. But that's not enough. We have the right to demand changes from the biggest emitters! They must change their habits and replace coal with clean energy. Our future is at stake.
before it's too late!!
Our joint pressure is already affecting key decisions of the authorities..
By reacting you will join active groups:
ClientEarth sued the owner of the Bełchatów Power Plant for destroying the climate – our common good.
More than 10,000 individuals signed the petition demanding the Bełchatów Power Plant to reduce its emissions. A grassroots group ‘Parents for Climate’ presented the petition to the PGE Management Board..
Together we will write a positive story.
The history of Bełchatów Power Plant is already 40 years old and we have no influence on it, so today we are focused on the future! We've developed a plan that will allow the black script to end positively soon. See our timeline!
|1960||1964||1965||1972||1975||1980||1982||1982||1983||1984||1985||1986||1987||1988||1988||1988||1989||1992||1997||1997||1997||2003||2005||2009||2009||2011||2013||2013||2014||2015||2017||2018||2018||2018||2018||2019||2019||2019||2019||2019||2019||2019||2020||2020||2022||2023||2024||2025||2026||2027||2028||2029||2030||2030||2030||2030||2032||2033||01.01.2035||2035||2038||2050||Lignite deposits discovered in Bełchatów||the Minister of Mining and Energy commissions the construction of the Bełchatów complex.||Scientists present the first report on the possible dangers caused by the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere.||The Report "Boundaries of Growth" predicts a shortage of resources, an increasing pollution and declining population in the 21st century.||Construction of the Bełchatów Power Plant begins.||First tonnes of lignite extracted from the Bełchatów open-pit mine.||Unit No. 1 of the Plant, the largest 360 MW power unit at that time, is integrated into the national power system.||Researchers of the American oil company Exxon conceal results of a forecast announcing that global warming will aggravate because of the expected increase in CO2 emissions.||Units No. 2 and 3 integrated into the national energy system.||Units No. 4 and 5 integrated into the national power system.||Units No. 6 and 7 integrated into the national power system.||Incorporation of units No. 8 and 9. Bełchatów PP becomes the largest power plant in Poland.||Unit No. 10 integrated into the national power system.||UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher warns about the dangers of global warming and increases control over the industry.||The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is established. It serves as advisory body to the UN.||Units No. 11 and 12 commissioned. The Bełchatów Power Plant reaches its full capacity of 4320 MW.||Poland sees the beginning of a significant drop in CO2 emissions. Cause: the political transformation and the industry shutdown.||Poland signs the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It aims at preventing damage to the climate.||The Bełchatów Power Plant reaches one million operating hours.||Poland signs the Kyoto Protocol - the first binding international agreement on combating global warming.||Owners of the Bełchatów Power Plant decide to build unit No. 14.||PGE obtains the first integrated permit for the construction of the "Zloczew" mine to supply lignite to the Bełchatów Plant.||Bełchatów Power Plant becomes the largest CO2 emitter in the European Union. It will maintain this position every year except for 2007.||First tonnes of lignite are extracted from the Szczerców open-pit mine.||The Bełchatów Power Plant receives 180 mln euros in subsidies to finance the construction of a CO2 capture and storage installation. Preparatory works begin.||Unit No. 14, the largest power unit in Poland (858 MW), is commissioned. Its construction will last 14 years.||PGE abandons the CO2 capture project due to unprofitability and lack of public funds.||The 2020 Strategic Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change officially states that the Łódź Province is a region with water shortages.||The one billionth tonne of lignite burns at the Bełchatów Plant.||Poland, along with 194 other countries, signs the Paris Agreement and agrees to prevent the global temperature to rise above 1.5°C.||The local citizen association opposing the construction of the Złoczew mine, "NIE dla odkrywki Zloczew", is created.||Greenpeace reveals that the amount of emitted mercury declared by PGE was 18 times lower than the actual Bełchatów Plant emissions from 2016. In reality, the plant emitted 3 tonnes of this harmful element.||The Ecological Policy of the State 2030 is created. The document includes the description of desertification of the Łódź Province.||For the first time in Poland wind energy price is half of the current energy price on the market.||The 1.5°C IPCC Special Report is published. It states that OECD countries must close all coal-fired power plants by 2030.||Unit No.1 of the Bełchatów Plant - the first and the oldest – is closed.||The Bełchatów Plant produces one billionth megawatt hour of electricity.||For the first time in Poland solar energy is cheaper than coal energy.||ClientEarth starts legal action against the owner of the Bełchatów Power Plant for environmental damage.||ClientEarth reveals that the Bełchatów Power Plant received 5 bln zlotys of state aid. The support didn’t translate into a positive environmental effect.||The European Commission starts working on the European Green Deal. Aim: to achieve climate neutrality in the EU by 2050.||Poland does not support the EU objective of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.||Sweden and Austria close their last coal-fired power plants.||Shutdown of Unit no. 2 in the Bełchatów Power Plant (as recommended by experts).||Lignite resources in the Bełchatów mine are exhausted.||Slovakia becomes coal-free (plan).||France becomes coal-free (plan).||Ireland, Italy and the UK become coal-free (plan).||Shutdown of units No. 3 and 4 (as recommended by experts).||Shutdown of units No. 5 and 6 (as recommended by experts).||Shutdown of units No. 7 and 8 (as recommended by experts).||Shutdown of units No. 9 and 10 (as recommended by experts).||Shutdown of the oldest 11 coal-fired units in the Bełchatów Power Plant, responsible for 85% of production, as claimed in the ClientEarth’s lawsuit.||Hungary becomes coal-free (plan).||All OECD countries become coal-free to prevent from trespassing the safe threshold of 1.5°C of global temperature increase.||Denmark becomes coal-free (plan).||Extraction of lignite from the "Złoczew" mine commences and will continue so for up to 30 years (PGE's plan).||PGE halves extraction in the Bełchatów region. Employment drops by 50% (PGE's plan).||Shutdown of the last coal unit in the Bełchatów Power Plant, as claimed in the ClientEarth’s lawsuit.||Lignite resources in the "Szczercow" mine are exhausted (as estimated by PGE).||Germany becomes coal-free (plan).||The European Union achieves climate neutrality and complies to the European Green Deal.|