Today, Prague hosted the Polish-Czech Intergovernmental Consultations, which were attended by Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki and representatives of the Government, including Minister of Environment Henryk Kowalczyk. The bilateral meetings touched upon a variety of subjects, including air quality, waste management and reduction of greenhouse gases.
“Both Poland and Czechia have problems with air quality; therefore, it is very important to cooperate and exchange experiences regarding the actions taken to improve air quality in both countries, and thus improve the health and quality of life of their inhabitants,” said Minister Henryk Kowalczyk.
Currently, the dominant source of air pollution in Poland is the household and municipal sector. Therefore, the priority – not only for the Minister of Environment, but also for the entire Government of the Republic of Poland – is to reduce the phenomenon of the so-called low emissions caused by dispersed individual combustion sources and means of transport.
One of the solutions is the “Clean Air” Priority Programme launched in September this year, which will be carried out until 2029. The objective of the programme is to improve the energy efficiency of single-family houses. The “Clean Air" Programme is distinguished by its pioneering approach, based not only on replacing heat sources, but also on comprehensive thermal renovations of buildings. The programme will cover approximately 4 million single-family houses. The budget of the programme for 2018-2029 amounts to approximately 103 billion PLN.
“The programme enjoys great popularity. By the 5th of November, approximately 11,000 applications were already submitted to the Voivodeship Funds for Environmental Protection. The greatest interest in the Programme was noted in Silesia and Mazovia thus far,” the Minister of Environment added.
During the bilateral meeting, environment ministers also exchanged their views on waste management, including the problem of PET bottles and current issues discussed at the level of the European Union, as well as on long-term strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Polish-Czech Intergovernmental Consultations are held alternately in both countries. This year's 5th Consultations organised in Prague on the 15th of November 2018, were attended by representatives of 9 ministries: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Investment and Development, Ministry of Marine Economy and Inland Navigation, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology and Ministry of Interior and Administration.