World Climate Summit: Entrepreneurs must help avert environmental disaster

The World Climate Summit is officially underway, with Poland's Deputy Prime Minister and minister of economy Janusz Piechociński getting the action started.

The main point of his welcome speech was clear: we need to make the best use of our time, in order to make meaningful changes to the climate.

And Piechociński believes the best way to go about this is to first get entrepreneurs and the economy fully involved in the environmental debate. "If you're not energy-efficient, you're not competitive," he said.

These two bodies, in Piechociński's opinion, can combine to make drastic changes in the realm of environmental issues.

He sees Poland as a potential leader in the area of climate change, claiming that the public's views on the matter have changed drastically over the last quarter of a century. According to Piechociński, the government has played a huge role in this transformation of opinion.

It has increased the amount of money going into research and development for increasing efficiency, and is keen to do plenty more in the near future.

At this week's Coal vs Climate summit in Poland, Piechociński will propose that Poland reduces its carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent over the next 15 years. It sounds ambitious, but he clearly thinks it's possible.

"Time is money, but no amount of money can buy back lost time," he said. Now Piechociński calls for "Right decisions, effective actions" and closer ties between the economy and the climate.