Lithuania's EU commissioner for environment, Virginijus Sinkevičius, says Poland risks losing investments by rejecting EU's green deal. Meanwhile, the bloc's citizens will have to make lifestyle changes in order to fight climate emergency, according to the commissioner.
Poland, which currently does not agree to commit to a climate-neutral economy, risks "losing great opportunities and major investments." Sinkevičius told BNS in an interview in Brussels.
Last Friday, EU leaders, except for Poland, committed to reaching climate neutrality by 2050. As part of climate change measures, the EU plans to impose a levy on goods imported from more polluting countries, the commissioner said, adding that this will be necessary to keep the EU economy competitive.
To fight climate change, meanwhile, "involves lifestyle changes," said Sinkevičius. "Various initiatives are some of the ways, but it eventually comes down to citizens' choices, too."
According to Sinkevičius, the bloc will help citizens change their consumption habits.
"For example, the circular economy, which is part of my portfolio, will encourage a longer technology cycle," he said. "Today we see that decisions on the lifespan of many technologies, including everyday home appliances, are made at the design phase."
"We'll try to change the Design Directive to increase the lifespan of equipment, appliances and various items, which would equally contribute to reducing consumption and saving resources," he said.
"The circular economy plan will be one of the ways to offer citizens alternatives making it possible to both save money and use resources efficiently," he added.