WARSAW, Poland, July 9 --
The current economic slowdown has affected many industry sectors but not all
investments have been put on hold. EU compliance deadlines, growing energy
consumption, an ageing infrastructure and EU funding are the major factors
stimulating the Energy and Water and Wastewater sectors in Poland in the Central
Eastern European (CEE) region.
To highlight the significant investment growth opportunities in the Energy and
Water industries and to examine major market drivers and restraints, Frost
Sullivan recently hosted a well-attended breakfast briefing at the Warsaw
Poland, which exhibits the highest growth in wind energy of all CEE countries
and intends to source 15% of its energy from renewables by 2020, is poised to
focus on concurrently developing a number of alternatives such as biomass,
biogas or hydro.
Wind energy is the most mature form of renewable energy, and, due to historical
decreases in cost/kW, has the most potential to contribute to the 2020 renewable
energy targets, stated Gouri Kumar. Demand for renewable energy in CEE countries
is vital for the EU to reach its 2020 target.
Also discussed was the Power Generation Market in Poland. Frost Sullivan
research analyst Maciej Jeziorski believes that a huge injection of capital
expenditure into the energy sector in Poland, particularly in new generation
capacity and transmission system, is needed.
Coal plants using cleaner technologies with higher efficiency, renewable energy
sources and nuclear energy are some of the attractive options, states Jeziorski.
Accordingly, the power generation market presents great opportunities for
investments in the not too distant future.
Frost Sullivan research analyst Tomasz Zagdan discussed Water and Wastewater
in Poland and other CEE countries, revealing that Municipal Water and Wastewater
treatment is not currently compliant with EU legislation. An estimated euro 40.2
billion injection into the Water and Wastewater infrastructure between 2007 and
2013 would be needed to ensure compliance in the new EU-12 member states. In
total, more than PLN 61 billion in investments is needed to complete projects in
Poland planned for 2007 - 2015.
Regardless of the economic slowdown, legislative drivers continue to catalyze
growth of the market, Zagdan specified. However he added that, The WWW sector in
the CEE region continues to lag 10-15 years behind Western Europe.
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