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Warsaw encourages the change of heating systems

published: 2018-10-16 13:11, mlan
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Ecology educators have been touring Warsaw to meet the residents. They are planning to visit 1850 single-family houses. Their task is to convince Warsaw residents to change their heating sources which are harmful to the environment and replace them with gas boilers or to connect their houses to the district heating system.

“We are taking intensive efforts to improve the air quality in Warsaw. We have the most extensive district heating system in the European Union, with 80% of Warsaw residents using it. Warsaw residents use eco-friendly buses and trams, and the growing network of cycle paths. Thanks to new parks, squares and planting several hundred thousand trees, the green areas account for 40% of the total urban space,” said Hanna-Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw. “As we are concerned about the issue of clean air, we are also holding discussions with the residents. We are trying to encourage them to switch to more ecological heating sources and reminding them of the possibility of benefiting from financial support provided by the city authorities.”

So far, the educators visited the residents of the right-bank side of Warsaw, which is an area affected by low-stack emission in Białołęka, Rembertów, Targówek, Wawer and Wesoła. They are planning to visit the residents of the remaining part of Białołęka, Mokotów, Ursus and Włochy by the end of October.

They inform Warsaw residents of the obligations arising from the anti-smog resolution. Outworn boilers which do not conform to the standards of the ecology project must be removed from houses by the end of 2022. As of July this year, residents of Mazovia are prohibited from heating their houses with coal silt, humid wood or brown coal. Using simple words, educators try to explain what the causes of air pollution are and point to the simple ways of counteracting smog on a local scale. City officials also inform residents of the money they can get from city subsidies, which might cover even 100% of the costs of replacing their boiler room equipment.

New round of eco-subsidies for replacing old boilers
In September, Warsaw residents got an opportunity to file applications for co-financing the replacement of old boilers or connection to the district heating network, which is planned within the next year's budget. All they need to do to receive between PLN 7,000 and 20,000 for eco-projects is to fill out documents at the Warsaw Environmental Protection Department or Environmental Protection Divisions in their districts. Individual residents, housing communities, legal persons and entrepreneurs may apply for the funds by the end of March 2019. In 2017 alone, Warsaw residents were granted PLN 11.1 million in the form of eco-subsidies for projects related to environmental protection, i.a. solar thermal collectors, heat pumps and photovoltaic systems.

#OddychajWarszawo (Breathe, Warsaw!)
The actions aimed at improving the air quality have been carried out by the city authorities for 12 years, covering three areas: transport, greenery and energy. The educational campaign entitled #OddychajWarszawo has been, since 2016, making Warsaw residents aware of the importance of change in their approach to everyday activities - using public transport, thermal insulation of buildings and care for the city greenery. This year's edition of the campaign is aimed at encouraging residents to use the system of subsidies supporting projects related to environmental protection.