Poland and Germany represent different positions regarding plans for common European climate and energy policies. Whereas Germany has assumed a position of environmental leader and pursues ambitious goals in terms of climate policy, Poland is seen as applying the brakes on such measures, because of its desire to maintain coal-based energy production. These different positions have resulted in many misunderstandings and conflicts in the past.
Although the coal and mining lobby was historically influential in both neighbouring countries, the German case shows that its presence does not exclude either the introduction of climate-friendly policies at the national level or a strong push for them at the European Union (EU) level. In recognition of the significant impact that industrial interest groups have had for many years in shaping EU climate and energy policies, Mr. Ceglarz investigates how Polish and German opposing interest groups from electricity sector (incumbents vs. challengers) each have tried to influence the EU’s Winter Package proposed in November 2016. While building on the theory of liberal intergovernmentalism and literature on interest groups, his dissertation takes an institutional approach in order to explain why some interest groups are more influential than others in pursuing their European goals.
Andrzej Ceglarz is a PhD Student at the Bavarian School of Public Policy at the Technical University of Munich since December 2016, having started his PhD at the Environmental Policy Research Centre at the Free University in Berlin in October 2015. Before that, he was a fellow of German-Polish Doctoral College at W. Brandt Centre for German and European Studies in Wrocław (Poland).
Since February 2017 Mr. Ceglarz has a PhD scholarship within the framework of the Think Lab ‘Energy-Society-Change’ from the Foundation of German Business (Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft). For his research he was granted a Mobility Fellowship from the Bavarian Academic Center for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe BAYHOST a fellowship at the Slovenian Transmission System Operator ELES as a part of the SHAPE ENERGY program and the DAAD scholarship as a visiting student at the European University Institute in Florence. Since 2014 he has worked as a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in the INSPIRE-Grid Project and since June 2017 he works as a research advisor at the Renewables Grid Initiative, currently in the SENTINEL project. Mr. Ceglarz contributed to work of the Institute for Structural Research in Warsaw in the TRANSrisk project and he supports Polish-German dialog in the area of climate and energy on a voluntary basis while working with the platform Pol-Int. He has also served as a peer-reviewer for scientific journals, e.g. Environmental Communication, Land Use Policy, Journal of Cleaner Production and Energy Policy.
Hewitt, R., Bradley, N., Baggio Compagnucci, A., Barlagne, C., Ceglarz, A., Cremades, R., McKeen, M., Otto, I., Slee, B. (2019): Social innovation in community energy in Europe: a review of the evidence. Frontiers in Energy Research, doi: 10.3389/fenrg.2019.00031
Battaglini, A., Ceglarz, A., Schneider, T. (2019): The Power of Collaboration: the Case of the Renewables Grid Initiative. [In]: The European Energy Transition: Actors, Factors, Sectors, Eds.: Nies, S.; Schmidt von Sydow, H. Deventer: Claeys & Casteels.
Ceglarz, A. (2019): Współpraca między operatorami sieci przesyłowych a organizacjami pozarządowymi na przykładzie Renewables Grid Initiative (in Polish) [Cooperation between transmission grid operators and non-governmental organisations on the example of Renewables Grid Initiative]. ELEKTROENERGETYKA - współczesność i rozwój [ELECTROENERGETICS - Modernity and Development], 1(20), 51-58.
Ceglarz, A., Benestad, R., Kundzewicz Z.W. (2018): Inconvenience versus Rationality: Reflections on Different Faces of Climate Contrarianism in Poland and Norway. Weather, Climate, and Society, 10(4), 821-836.
Witajewski-Baltvilks, J., Antosiewicz, M., Ceglarz, A., Doukas, H., Nikas, A., Sawulski, J., Szpor, A., Witajewska-Baltvilks, B. (2018): Risks associated with the decarbonisation of the Polish power sector. IBS Research Report 05/2018, Warsaw.
Maran, S., Hildebrand, J., Späth, L., Luè, A., Ceglarz, A. (2018): Stakeholder participation in the development of the electricity grid: the INSPIRE-Grid project. 2018 CIGRE session, Paris.
Ceglarz, A., Beneking, A., Ellenbeck, S., Battaglini, A. (2017): Understanding the role of trust in power line development projects: Evidence from two case studies in Norway. Energy Policy, 110, 570-580.
Kundzewicz, Z.W., Benestad, R., Ceglarz, A. (2017): Perception of climate change and mitigation policy in Poland and Norway. [In]: Climate change and its impact on selected sectors in Poland, Eds.: Kundzewicz, Z.W.; Hov, Ø., Okruszko, T. Warsaw: Ridero IT Solutions.
Ellenbeck, S., Beneking, A., Ceglarz, A., Schmidt, P., Battaglini, A. (2015): Security of Supply in European Electricity Markets—Determinants of Investment Decisions and the European Energy Union. Energies, 8(6), 5198-5216.
Ceglarz, A., Ancygier, A. (2015): The Polish Renewable Energy and Climate Policies under the Impact of the EU. [In]: The Transformative Power of Europe. The Case of Poland, Eds.: Karolewski, I.; Sus, M. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Ceglarz, A. (2015): Europeanization of environmental policy in the New Europe: beyond conditionality, by Mats Braun. Environmental Politics, 24(3), pp. 519-520.
Progressives Netzwerk Deutschland-Polen 2020. (2014): Deutschland und Polen: gemeinsam für eine solidarische Zukunft in Europa, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Berlin und Warschau.
Polish, German and European climate and energy policies; interest groups; stakeholder engagement; power line development projects; transdisciplinarity.