The City of Żywiec and the Forum Energii will jointly develop an action plan to eliminate smog by the end of the year

14.6.2019

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On 14 June, the City of Żywiec and the Energy Forum established cooperation within the framework of which, by the end of the year, a road map of activities aimed at eliminating smog and reducing CO2 emissions from local heating.

14.6.2019

The aim of the project is to plan specific activities that will help Żywiec to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants and raise funds for the modernization of heating. The road map will set out a priority catalogue of activities, their schedules, indicate costs and identify key local and regional stakeholders (institutions, organisations and business, communities), and most importantly - will show at what cost and when the air quality in Żywiec can change.

Our dream is that the City of Żywiec quickly disappears from the WHO list of the most polluted cities in Europe. This is important for residents, tourists and investors. An anti-smog map can help us find out where we should first focus our efforts and what resources to mobilise. - says Mayor of Żywiec Antoni Szlagor. 

We want to show that the national plan "Clean Heat 2030 – Strategy for Heating" prepared by us in the spring can be implemented in practice. Improving energy efficiency and replacing coal with other energy sources is the basis. We are very much looking forward to working with Żywiec," says Andrzej Rubczyński, Heating Strategy Director at Forum Energii.

We chose Żywiec because of the open attitude of the mayor and the willingness of the local government to cooperate. We want Żywiec to become a good example for other Polish cities. We will show that the improvement of air quality is an opportunity for the development of the city and region - says Dr Joanna Maćkowiak Pandera, President of Forum Energii.

Experts from the National Energy Conservation Agency were invited to contribute to the project. Its results will be known in January 2020. 

Initiative "Anti-Smog Roadmap for Żywiec. Clean air through clean heat until 2030", is implemented within the project "International Cooperation Forum - Clean heat" and funded by the European Climate Initiative - EUKI.

Contact for the media:

Klaudia Wojciechowska, Forum Energii, +48 573 378 898, klaudia.wojciechowska@forum-energii.eu

Mariusz Hujdus, Miasto Żywiec, +48 696 673 825, media@zywiec.pl

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