Ambitious energy legislation to reduce the use of coal in private heating systems

The project raises awareness of air and environmental pollution in Poland. The specific goal is to ban coal from private heating systems. The results can serve as an example for other countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

Project content and measures

The project disseminates the version of ‘coal-free spa and tourist towns’, relying on awareness-raising and capacity-building measures. Legal advice (Soft Legal Intervention) is also part of the project work.

The implementing organisation ClientEarth initiates dialogue with relevant stakeholders within the framework of the project. These stakeholders include political decision makers, entrepreneurs, citizens, civil society organisations and media from Poland and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe (especially from Hungary and Bulgaria). The project organises meetings, public debates and dialogues with experts. By involving national stakeholders, the project also ensures a sustainable impact.

Smoking chimneys from a coal power plant

Banning coal from private heating systems shall reduce the air and environmental pollution in Poland. Picture: www.pixabay.com

To achieve this, the project builds on the successful example of Krakow, where ClientEarth cooperated with local authorities to achieve a legal ban on solid fuels in 2016. The implementing organisation wishes to transfer the model to other spa and tourist cities in Poland, such as Wadowice, Uniejów and Polanica-Zdrój. Possible measures could be bans on solid fuels and the use of coal in domestic heating systems. Both of these measures would contribute to better air pollution control in Poland. They would also help accelerate Poland’s exit from coal and achieve a fair structural change within the framework of the EU commitments under the Paris Agreement.

Background

Poland is currently failing to comply with the directives on air pollution. One reason for this is the great dependence on coal and waste for heating in private households. More than 3.5 million Polish households still use outdated coal-fired heating systems. Poland is currently failing to comply with the directives on air pollution. One reason for this is the great dependence on coal and waste for heating in private households. More than 3.5 million Polish households still use outdated coal-fired heating systems. Reducing air pollution from heating systems should accelerate the phase-out of fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gases, thus combating climate change.

Project information

Updated: March 2019

Countries: Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland

Project duration: 09/18 - 04/19

Funding: 100,000 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Civil Society, Companies, Small and medium enterprises (SME)

Implementing organisation:
ClientEarth

Project Webseite: clientearth.org/

Contact Person

Mrs Kamila Drzewicka

Organisation: ClientEarth

Email: infoclientearth.org

EUKI

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

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The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on the EUKI: www.euki.de