More responsibility on local govt for Clean Air programme needed: expert

To speed up the battle with winter smog in Poland “more responsibility must be borne by the local government,” said Jakub Wiech of Energetyka24 in an interview with PolandIN.

With the winter heating season well underway, smog is very much on the front pages. Environmental measures in the forefront of Prime Minister Morawiecki’s policy speech earlier this month.

According to Jakub Wiech, dealing with particulate emissions will require over EUR 20 bn to fund replacing older coal heating systems with either gas boilers or linking properties with city heating systems.

However, because the scheme has got off to a small start, there is a danger that EU funding will be cut off.

An European Commission report back in the summer was very critical of the way in which the Clean Air funding was being disbursed, and called for more cooperation between local and central government.

The success of that move is all a question of funding, according to Mr Wiech.

To see the full interview click here.