From July 1, 2024, it will not be possible to burn coal in the capital in the capital – this is one of the assumptions of the amendment to the Masovian anti-smog resolution. Public consultations on the new rules are ongoing until mid-August. Residents can submit comments in three ways. At the end of July, an open meeting is also planned, during which the draft changes will be presented.
Four years have passed since the entry into force of the Masovian anti-smog resolution. In its current content, it has been in force since November 11, 2017. Its provisions are intended to limit the negative impact of heating installations on the health of the inhabitants of Mazovia and the environment. The regulations apply to all users of devices with a capacity of up to 1 MW, in which solid fuels are burnt. This is especially true of stoves, fireplaces and boilers.
The local government of Mazovia believes that the provisions of the resolution are ineffective, because the improvement of air quality is too slow. Hence the decision to prepare a draft amendment. Additional prohibitions were included in it.
First, from July 1, 2024, it will not be allowed to use hard coal and solid fuels produced with this coal in the area of Warsaw. Secondly, from 1 July 2030, the use of all solid fuels will be banned in the following poviats: Grodzisk, Legionowski, Minsk, Nowodworski, Piaseczno, Pruszków, Otwock, Warsaw West, Wołomin and Warsaw.
The draft also provides for extending the terms of replacement of heating devices that do not meet the requirements of the anti-smog resolution in force. The idea is to avoid replacing them during the heating season. The entire document is available on the website of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship Self-Government.
How to take part in consultations?
Consultations on changing the provisions of the resolution have been underway since the beginning of July. Residents may comment on its content until August 16, 2021. This can be done in three ways: – using the electronic form; – in writing, by sending the form downloaded from the SWM website to the following address: Marszałkowski Województwa Mazowieckiego in Warsaw, Department of Waste Management, Emissions and Integrated Permits, ul. Fr. I. Kłopotowskiego 5, 03-718 Warsaw; – orally – submitting comments to the protocol during a visit to the seat of the Department of Waste Management, Emissions and Integrated Permits of the Marshal’s Office of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship in Warsaw (3rd floor, rooms 308,310 and 311 and 314, the visit must be arranged in advance).
There are also plans for an open meeting during which the draft of changes will be discussed. Each participant will have the opportunity to speak, and comments are to be treated as comments made to the protocol of public consultations. The meeting will take place on July 20 at 9:00 am via the MS Teams application. To participate, please complete the registration form and submit it by July 25, 2021.
The voivodship board will consider all opinions, comments and applications submitted on time. All questions and doubts should be reported to the Department of Emission and Air Protection at the following address :firstname.lastname@example.org.
They want to give up hard coal
“The proposed change is consistent with the content of the declaration of February 26, 2020, which was concluded during the 3rd Clean Air Congress between the Masovian Voivodeship Self-Government and the Capital City of Warsaw. The Capital City of Warsaw declared its readiness to introduce a ban on coal combustion” – informs the Capital City Hall.
Officials argue that similar resolutions, introduced in other Polish cities, had “a colossal impact on the improvement of air quality”. They give an example of Krakow, where from September 2019 it is forbidden to heat premises with solid fuels. “As a result of the city’s activities, the average concentration of particulate matter during the heating season dropped by more than 40 percent in 2012-2020. In turn, the average concentration of benzopyrene fell by 42.82 percent in 2014-2020” – it is reported.
The City Hall also reminds that only until the end of the year you can apply for a 90% subsidy for the replacement of “soot”. Next year, the subsidy will amount to 70 percent, and from 2023, residents will have to cover the entire cost of replacing the heating source on their own.
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