Climate Ministry launches programme to deal with smog

The Energy Forum think-tank will help selected Polish cities in their transformation to fight smog under the LeadAIR programme, recently launched by the Climate Ministry.

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The programme of the Ministry covers a total of 17 cities. Through training and individual consultancy, it helps the local authorities, to obtain the knowledge, tools and inspiration for anti-smog activities in their cities.

“We want to initiate reforms of the local system of energy, transport and heating optimisation,” Michał Kurtyka, the Climate Minister said.

The minister added that the government's Clean Air programme would certainly be a field of closer cooperation between national and local governments.

“Cities have great savings potential and opportunities to optimise energy use,” Joanna Maćkowiak-Pandera, the President of Energy Forum said.

She also highlighted the importance of appropriate regulations, because, as she said, the free market itself will not alleviate the problem of smog.