- polski (Polish)
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