Polish capital plans record budget to battle smog

By District Energy posted 03-05-2019 14:40


Mu Xuequan, Xinhua


WARSAW, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The Warsaw municipality is set to approve a record 300 million zloty (79 million U.S. dollars) budget to combat smog, which was planned to be spent over the next four years, local media reported on Monday.

The budget, which, according to Polish portal Puls Biznesu, is expected to be approved at the next city council meeting, will be dedicated to financing the replacement of old coal-based stoves and connecting homes to district heating.

Rafal Trzaskowski, mayor of Warsaw, has said the city aimed to remove all old stoves in communal houses by 2021.

Money from the budget would also be spent on air quality monitoring including by drone, thermal insulation of buildings and support for poorer families to combat energy poverty. Rules for accessing city financing to replace boilers would be clarified.

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