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HEAL in Poland on air quality and renewable energy sources

Last month HEAL in Poland spoke at two important events on health impacts of air pollution, benefits of healthy energy solutions and the high importance of renewable energy developments. Poland is a country where almost 90 percent of electricity still come from coal.

The first event focused on tackling air pollution, bringing together representatives of the Polish parliament, institutions, local government, NGOs and entrepreneurs. Amongst the speakers were the head of the Department of Internal District Hospital in Opoczno, representatives of Department of Meteorology and Climatology, University of Lodz, Director of the Regional Inspectorate for Environmental Protection, as well as heads of environmental units of the City Hall in Tomaszow and Municipal Office of Opoczno.

During the meeting, speakers and experts discussed the most effective solutions to improve air quality in the two cities of Opoczno and Tomaszów Mazowiecki. Łukasz Adamkiewicz from HEAL gave a speech on the influence of air pollution on respiratory disease and cancer rates in Poland. Łukasz was also invited to moderate a discussion in the second part of the meeting, on solutions, good examples and practices.

The second event took place at the University of Szczecin under the theme of "Civic renewable energy for Western Pomerania". It was organised by Polish Green Network and the Academy of Social Communication under the “More than Energy” project, in which HEAL in Poland is an official partner. The conference brought together representatives of regional governments and experts of institutions and organisations related to the issue of renewable energy sources.

Participants spoke about good practices and perspectives of civic power development in Poland, as well as analysing the potential for development of renewable energy in Western Pomerania. Speakers included Polish Green Network, Greenpeace Foundation, HEAL in Poland, as well as representatives of the Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management and the Department of Water Supply and Sewerage in Szczecin. HEAL’s Łukasz presented the positive health effects of civic energy, stressing that the development of distributed micro installations and renewable energy sources would be a measurable contribution to improving the public health of Poles.

Last updated on 22 April 2016

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