Multiple households still without coal for winter, minister says

Anna Moskwa said that according to a recent survey, around 60 percent of Poland's households planned to use wood for heating instead of coal and added that wood was in sufficient supply on the market, and was cleaner than lignite. Tomasz Gzell/PAP

From 600,000 to 700,000 Polish households still have no heating coal for the winter season, the climate minister told the Polsat News TV channel on Friday.

Anna Moskwa said that according to a recent survey, around 60 percent of Poland's households planned to use wood for heating instead of coal and added that wood was in sufficient supply on the market, and was cleaner than lignite.

Asked when the per-tonne coal price would sink to PLN 2,000 (EUR 417), Moskwa said it was a matter of a week to ten days. She said coal supplies were currently being distributed to local governments, which will then sell them to households.

On Thursday, the Sejm, the lower house of parliament, passed a law enabling local authorities to sell coal at preferential prices not exceeding PLN 2,000 per tonne. Households will be able to buy up to 1.5 tonnes under the preferential tariff this year, and another 1.5 tonnes in 2023.

The prices of coal, natural gas and oil shot up after Russia invaded Ukraine. Poland has banned imports of Russian coal, which has meant finding alternative suppliers and streamlining distribution of the commodity.