Poland to receive EUR 140 mln for environment, energy and climate change

Norwegian Ambassador to Poland Olav Myklebust (pictured with Minister Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak) described the programme as a unique tool enabling common action in the face of great challenges. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

A contract for carrying out the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Programme was signed on Friday by the ministers of funds and climate and Norway's ambassador to Poland, securing Poland EUR 140 million from the Norway Grants for the programme.

A further EUR 24.7 million will come from Poland's own coffers.

Minister of Funds and Regional Policy Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak pointed out that the programme was the largest in Poland and Europe within the framework of the third edition of the Norway and European Economic Area (EEA) Grants. The programme's main aim is to improve air quality, alleviate climate change, enhance energy efficiency and increase energy production from renewable sources.

Local governments, NGOs, higher education institutions and private enterprises will be entitled to apply for funding under the programme, which, Minister Jarosińska-Jedynak said, will have a significant long-term effect on the environment, as it is aimed at reducing CO2 emissions by 600,000 tonnes a year.

Norwegian Ambassador to Poland Olav Myklebust described the programme as a unique tool enabling common action in the face of great challenges. He said the programme's aim is to improve the environment and quality of life in Poland, as well as to educate the younger generation.

"Raising Poles' quality of life seems to be the ambition at the centre of the programme," Climate Minister Michał Kurtyka said. "We will invest in heating stations, cogeneration, geothermal energy, hydro-energy, energy efficiency. But in parallel, we will think how the city of the future should look, hence the component of rural policy, green development and blue infrastructure, which is important to us."

The climate minister went on to note that the programme will be addressed to schools that "we want not only to use zero-emission buildings, but also to show students how the future will look."