Training for local authorities on updating the Air Protection Programme

Continuing a series of training sessions dedicated to the substantive employees of municipalities and county offices, the Department of the Environment of the Office of the Marshal of the Malopolska Region organised another event. The main topic of the meeting was the update of the Air Protection Programme for the Małopolska Voivodeship.

The training took place on 29 February at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow. A total of 212 participants took part. Among them were employees of municipalities and district offices in the Małopolska voivodeship, who deal with issues related to air protection and adaptation to climate change on a daily basis.

News on grant programmes

In the first part of the meeting, representatives of the Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Krakow – Justyna Jesionek and Mariusz Sałega – discussed various sources of funding for energy efficiency projects. They presented planned changes to the Clean Air Programme and talked about the priority programmes Agroenergy and Energy for Villages. The speakers also informed participants about financing under the launched calls for proposals run by the Provincial Environmental Protection and Water Management Fund in Kraków and the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.

Update of the Air Protection Programme for the Małopolskie Voivodeship

The next item at the meeting was a discussion of the Air Protection Programme for the Małopolska Voivodeship, the update of which was adopted in November 2023. Deputy Director of the Department of Environment Tomasz Pietrusiak presented the main tasks of municipalities and districts resulting from the current Air Protection Programme, together with good practices. He also mentioned the Voivodship’s support in the implementation of the individual measures set out in the Programme.

How to enforce the provisions of the anti-smog resolution?

The final point of the meeting was a speech by a representative of the Frank Bold Foundation, Miłosz Jakubowski, who discussed the basic issues related to the anti-smog resolution for Małopolska. He mentioned in turn the obligations imposed by the Air Protection Programme with respect to the control of individual fireplaces. He also answered the question of how to enforce the provisions of the aforementioned anti-smog resolution. The speaker also drew attention to additional instruments for improving air quality, such as repair decisions.