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Poland targets district heating in bid to beat smog

by dbdh

Warsaw is set to spend between €6bn and €7.2bn in the next decade in order to improve thermal insulation of houses in order to reduce the smog that cripples the country in winter months, according to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

The plan also includes help to finance the replacement of old inefficient heating systems in houses, push for a more comprehensive coverage of district heating networks and the introduction of quality norms for solid fuels used for heating.

The country’s smog issue is being blamed on poorly insulated houses using coal and low quality coal-based fuels for heating.

Poland’s coal lobby is opposing the move, according to BNE IntelliNews, as if heating becomes more expensive, it will be damaging to sales and push the less well off into poverty.

Smog has been a political problem for the Law and Justice (PiS) government since 2016 when a cold spell led to soaring of smog levels countrywide.