Air Protection as a priority for Polish Ministry of Environment in 2015
Protecting and improving air quality will be one of the main priorities of the Ministry of Environment in 2015, according to Polish Environment Minister Maciej Grabowski.
Earlier this year, the Minister emphasised that Poland cannot ignore the problem of air pollution any longer, especially related to low emissions associated mainly with domestic coal and waste combustion as well as transport. Other priorities this year include regulating a water law and adapting Polish environmental legislation to EU requirements.
In December 2014 a report from the Supreme Chamber of Control highlighted that air in Poland is one of the most polluted in Europe and warned that Poland has not meet EU air quality standards for years. The concentration of toxic and carcinogenic pollutants exceed the legal limits, and it is estimated that due to the consequences of diseases caused by air pollution 45,000 of Poles die prematurely each year.
The Minister has pointed out that Polish local air protection programs do not deliver expected results. This is why he recommended the preparation of a strategic document to be adopted by the government. The document will set goals and activities for local governments showing how air pollution can be tackled effectively, and it should include proposed solutions. For example, the possibility of temporarily reducing car traffic in the municipalities or using a more environmentally friendly fuel for domestic heating.
At the end of 2014, the Polish National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management allocated 40 million EUR to improve air quality in cities. The subsidies included replacement of old stoves by more eco-friendly and solar panels installations. In the new financial perspective from 2015, there will be new national grants up to 3.5 billion euros for environment protection available (including air quality improvement).
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Originally posted on 11 March 2015