Poland to get World Bank loan to improve air quality

The World Bank will lend Poland 250 million euros to help it improve its air quality and energy efficiency, according to a statement from the bank released on Thursday.

The money will be used to support the priority program Clean Air, which is implemented by the Polish Ministry of Climate and Environment in cooperation with the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.

“In this new project, the World Bank will support the scale-up of the clean air priority program,” the bank said in its statement.

“The program provides assistance and incentives to single-family building owners who depend on old, polluting boilers to replace them with cleaner, more efficient ones and to have their homes insulated.”

According to the World Bank, the project “is the largest air quality and energy efficiency program in Europe”.

“In partnership with Polish institutions and the European Commission, we helped lay the groundwork for a universal, nationwide initiative to improve air quality in Poland three years ago,” the Bank wrote. world.

Gallina A. Vincelette, World Bank Director for the European Union, said “we are now strengthening our cooperation, with a combination of financial and technical support designed to strengthen the clean air priority agenda.”

Poland has been struggling with air quality for years. According to international estimates, much of the air pollution is generated by the combustion of poor quality fuels in single-family buildings.

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