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HEAL on Polish Radio programme

HEAL’s Coal and Health Adviser Lukasz Adamkiewicz (right) recently spoke about the National Air Protection Program on Polish Radio Station One.

Earlier in March, the Ministry of Environment in Poland announced its National Air Protection Program which aims to improve the air in the country. The program proposes changes in environmental law, construction law, energy and traffic, but is not legally binding.

During the interview Łukasz Adamkiewicz spoke about the new plan and highlighted the external health cost of energy from coal, which is more expensive than renewables. Air pollution from coal power generates huge health costs associated with the treatment of diseases related to poor air quality.

The EU recently estimated that in Poland the cost to the economy generated from polluted air is 40 billion EUR per year. During the radio interview, Łukasz emphasised the need to take a close look at what these costs are – these include the number of premature deaths, number of sick days taken, and hospitalisation.

These costs are not included in the price of energy which are paid for by each citizen. If the health costs of air pollution from burning coal were added to the Polish energy bill, then it would be very expensive for citizens in Poland. It is deceptive – coal based energy might look to be the cheapest, but when you include these additional health costs, it is much more expensive. Poland has the worst air in Europe.

Link to radio interview here

More information on HEAL in Poland http://www.healpolska.pl/

Originally posted on 9 April 2015

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