The Prime Minister reminded that on the infamous list of the World Health Organisation (WHO) there are 33 Polish cities, which are among the places where air is very polluted, where
smog, dirty air and harmful substances are emitted in too large quantities.
As the Prime Minister explained, today
we have more and more modern power plants, heat and power plants, which we are changing in accordance with the EU directive, which sets emission limits for the larger industrial plants in the EU, and this has been very successful to a large extent.
During his speech, the Head of Government pointed out that the pollution coming from low chimneys continues to be a problem in Poland and solutions to the issue include the programme of gradual shift of transport towards electromobility and the government's Clean Air programme to which the government has decided to allocate over PLN 100 billion over the span of 10 years. As the Prime Minister said,
thanks to the collected budgetary and EU funds we can improve the air quality in 4–5 million households.
In his closing remarks, the Head of Government emphasized that
the Clean Air programme is intertwined with waste management as well as with the gasification programme. As he announced,
soon, the Minister of Energy will present a gasification programme, which will increase the number of municipalities with access to gas by at least 10%, maybe even 20%. The programme will also promote cleaner air.
Clean Air Programme
Clean Air is a complex programme, the aim of which is to reduce or avoid emissions of dust and other pollutants emitted into the atmosphere by single family houses. The programme is focused on replacing the old solid-fuel stoves and boilers as well as thermal upgrading of single family houses for efficient energy management. These activities will not only help us protect the environment, but they will also increase the household budget through financial savings. The programme targets natural persons being owners of single family houses or persons permitted to commence the construction of a single family house.