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What changes we suggest

Poland, and in particular its southern and central regions, is a red hotspot on the European air quality map.

The major source of air pollution in Poland are low stack emissions, which come mostly from individual heating of houses with coal stoves/solid fuel boilers.

Low stack emission – source of the problem


In Poland, 3.5 million (70%) of individual houses are heated with coal boilers. 88% of these installations are inefficient and obsolete boilers. They constitute the major source of air pollution in Poland. 3.5 million (70%) of individual houses in Poland have insufficient insulation or are not insulated at all.

The source of the problem is that local authorities have practically no control over low stack emission. Therefore, significant regulatory changes on the country level are necessary in order to successfully  implement policy within the air quality.

What can be done:

  • Introducing quality standards for solid fuels used in the domestic sector

  • Establishing emission standards for domestic heating installations

  • Enabling of smoke control areas introduction by the local authorities

  • Creating effective system of financial support for thermal modernisation of households

Details of the suggested regulatory changes.


Efektywna Polska
Address: ul. Felicjanek 10/6, Kraków, Polska
Telephone: +48 12 222 50 11


The Initiative is Efficient Poland is National Supporting Partner for the Renovate Europe Campaign
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