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Poland: policy changes needed to improve air quality

HEAL recently attended a conference at the Ministry of the Environment on possible changes in the law to improve air quality in the country. Measures discussed included a ban on low quality coal for household use and low emission zones.

Polish cities lead the ranking as most polluted cities in Europe, with many negative economic, social and environmental consequences. At a recent conference in Warsaw organised by NGO Green Mazovia, under the patronage of the Ministry of the Environment, Marshal of Mazovia Voivodship and the Polish Climate Coalition, participants discussed which legislative changes are needed to improve air quality, and how organizations concerned can contribute to these policy deliberations.

HEAL participated in the conference where issues such as the current state of air quality in Poland, the causes of exceedances of the permissible pollution levels, the main problems with programs to protect air quality as well as legislative changes were discussed.

The Ministry of the Environment proposed the implementation of a ban of low quality coal for household use in Poland, while NGO Green Mazovia proposed establishing low emission zones in the main Polish cities. The Regional Inspectorate of Environmental Protection stated that industry was not responsible for air pollution in Poland.

An open discussion followed the presentations which concluded with a common consensus that the implementation of some legislative changes is inevitable to facilitate and accelerate tackling air pollution in Poland.

Originally posted on 11 April 2014

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