Anti-smog roadmap for Żywiec | Clean heat by 2030

The challenge of fighting the coronavirus and the upcoming spring are distracting public attention from the problem of smog. But it will not disappear and as the boomerang will return in a few months with the start of the heating season. Especially to the towns and cities - where, like in Żywiec, more than 80% of heating energy comes from coal. In the latest report of the Forum Energii Anti-Smog Roadmap for Żywiec. Clean heat by 2030." we indicate what steps should be taken to get rid of smog by 2030. Now the report is available only in Polish, but English version will be published soon.

The coronavirus pandemic will pass, and the smog will stay. Annually, the inhabitants pay at least 137 million PLN for air pollution - with their health and the health of their children. Our analyses show that clean heat sources together with effective thermomodernisation will cost about PLN 400 million. This means that from the perspective of health costs, the investment will pay for itself in 3 years. - says Dr Joanna Maćkowiak-Pandera, President of Forum Energii. 

The example of Żywiec - as the lens shows the problem of medium-sized cities. High costs of heat from the district heating system, lack of strategy of coal phase-out, ineffective thermomodernisation. Poland must have a national strategy to improve air quality and set goals to be achieved - reduction of CO2 emissions, elimination of dust. An end date for the use of coal in households must be determined. We also need ambitious goals to improve energy efficiency. Current government programmes do not support energy efficiency enough. 

The aim of the project, which we initiated in June 2019, is to plan specific actions that will help Żywiec to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants and obtain funds for the modernization of heating system. The roadmap indicates a priority catalogue of actions, their costs and identifies key stakeholders.

Initiative "Anti-Smog Road Map for Żywiec. Clean Heat until 2030", is implemented under the project "International Cooperation Forum - Clean Heat" and financed by the European Initiative for Climate Protection - EUKI and the German Ministry of Environment.

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Its implementation is supported 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.

The opinions put forward in this report are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect neither the views of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety nor other partners.

The analysis is available in Polish only.


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Date of publication:: 21 April 2020

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Krajowa Agencja Poszanowania Energii: Arkadiusz Węglarz, Krzysztof Skowroński, Jędrzej Wójcik, Łukasz Szymański, Agata Skrzypek, Anna Wierzchołowska-Dziedzic, Michał Zarębski, 


dr Joanna Maćkowiak-Pandera, Forum Energii, dr Karol Wawrzyniak, NCBJ, Ryszard Cetnarski, NCBJ