Fight against smog among the government priorities
“This is a great programme for improving the housing infrastructure and air quality. The State must act here and it does. I have already talked about it in my address. Enormous resources will be allocated for this purpose, both in a form of various reliefs as well as direct subsidies to those who cannot afford to carry out thermal efficiency improvement of their single- or multi-family buildings,” declared Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
As the Head of the Government stressed, the fight against smog will take many years, but the current Government is going to fight with this problem effectively. He recalled that Poland was making up for many years of civilisation lags, “therefore the Clean Air programme will be largely composed of multi-billion funds for thermal efficiency improvement and increasing the energy efficiency of our entire housing stock”.
The Prime Minister pointed out that, during the reign of the PO-PSL coalition, “nothing was done” in terms of improving the air quality and increasing the energy efficiency of our housing infrastructure. “So, we are making up for everything that has been neglected back then,” he explained.
The Head of the Government mentioned the already completed public consultation on the Clean Air Programme and the project to support thermal efficiency improvement for single-family buildings. This consultation was participated in by 33 Polish cities from the list of the World Health Organisation, which contains 50 most polluted cities. As the Prime Minister said, “in these cities, a pilot programme including thermal efficiency improvement will be carried out”. He stressed that local governments and public administration were an important partner for the Government in the programme being implemented.
During the conference, the Head of the Government also recalled that in May the Council of Ministers had adopted a draft Act eliminating excise taxes on CNG and LNG which are used as motor fuels, and the adoption of these solutions “is aimed at fighting with transport-related smog”.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared that as soon as the notification from the European Commission on the “Clean Air” Programme is positive, “even in July we will adopt very important regulations in the field of fighting against smog.” As the Head of the Government concluded, “we can effectively fight against smog, and our Government has seriously addressed this problem.”
Agreement on implementing the “Clean Air” priority programme
The agreement is aimed at taking action to improve the energy efficiency and reduce emissions of dust and other pollutants into the atmosphere by existing or newly built single-family residential buildings.
The agreement on the “Clean Air” programme has been concluded between the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management and the Voivodeship Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management and Bank Ochrony Środowiska.