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28 October 2015 | by Gabor Chodkowski-Gyurics

Krzysztof Żmijewski, Poland’s energy pundit, dies

Krzysztof Żmijewski, Poland’s energy pundit, dies
Krzysztof Żmijewski, one of Poland’s most esteemed energy experts, died on October 28, at an age of 66. Professor Żmijewski was a staunch proponent of sustainable, low-carbon growth, and has bridged the gap between academia and industry to support energy efficiency and renewable energy developments.

For many years, whether active as a former under-secretary of state, professor at the Warsaw University of Technology, or a chairman at a number of energy-related EU and governmental committees, he advocated for reducing Poland’s coal-fired energy output and mechanisms safeguarding from carbon leakage, often in spite of popular opinion at the time.

"By 2015, Poland will have to shut down about 5,000 MW of coal-fired power, while merely 2,000 MW of new power will come online. [This] gap can be closed by better energy efficiency, distributed energy generation, and a quick passing of the renewable energy law," Professor Żmijewski told Cleantech magazine back in 2013.

Professor Żmijewski was a recipient of the Order of Polonia Restituta, one of Poland’s highest decorations, for his achievements in supporting energy efficiency in Poland.


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