Sustainability: Poland

September 2021

Poland excels in the Forest and Biodiversity, and Food and Agriculture pillars in the Environmental Sustainability Index 2020, leading the country’s efforts to become a sustainable economy. The country’s reliance on coal, high pollution levels and growing water stress, however, are the major dragging factors behind the overall performance. Furthermore, while global warming is boosting the country’s efforts to expand the needed infrastructure, economic reasons prevent swifter transition to eco-fr

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Sustainability: Poland



Poland needs to set more ambitious targets to meet EU environmental goals by 2030
Pollution reduction through nuclear energy and modernisation of heating systems set to gain pace
Poland retains high standards for biodiversity protection
Water stress is growing in Poland, calling authorities for large-scale investments
Large agriculture sector drives high ranking, yet sustainability remains an issue
Droughts become the highest threats to Poland’s environmental resilience


Chart 1 Environmental Sustainability Index: Poland Chart 2 Global Sustainability Ranking: Poland Chart 3 Energy Ranking: Poland Chart 4 Energy Availability Landscape: Poland Chart 5 Energy Efficiency, Security and Equity Landscape: Poland Chart 6 Pollution Ranking: Poland Chart 7 Air Pollution: Poland Chart 8 Waste and Water Pollution Landscape: Poland Chart 9 Forest and Biodiversity Ranking: Poland Chart 10 Forest and Biodiversity Landscape: Poland Chart 11 Water Ranking: Poland Chart 12 Water Availability, Equity and Security Landscape: Poland Chart 13 Water Security and Efficiency Landscape: Poland Chart 14 Food and Agriculture Ranking: Poland Chart 15 Food and Agriculture Landscape: Poland Chart 16 Role of Agriculture in the Economy: Poland Chart 17 Environmental Resilience Ranking: Poland Chart 18 Environmental Resilience Landscape: Poland

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