Poland, a country with exceptionally rich and diverse environment, more and more often is seen as a country with very polluted, outright unbreathable air, a country on top positions of infamous “smog rankings”.
Thus the question to be asked is – what are the causes of bad air quality in Poland? The first that comes to mind of an average Pole is the adverse influence of industry and utility energy sector mainly based on fossil fuels. Paradoxically it is hard to blame anyone for such perception of causes of smog and air pollution in gen-eral. Most of us, in fact, do not know the complexity of the processes of creation of hazardou” compounds emitted to the atmosphere and do not know the main sources of creation of such substances.
Therefore, it’s high time to start challenging certain myths and stereotypes with appropriate information and education. This is the objective of, among others, the „Power Sector for air quality” project and of this report that pinpoints the actual sources of polluting emissions causing smog and presents the initiatives of the energy sector aimed at prevention and reduction of this health threatening phenomenon.
Since over a dozen years, the energy sector in Poland has been undergoing a transition driven by environ-ment and climate protection and care for human health. Polish energy industry groups have been undertak-ing and are continuing numerous initiatives intended to prevent and to reduce the adverse influence of the sector on natural environment.
The Polish Electricity Association, being aware of the need to boost information and education efforts con-cerning the general issue of smog, commences its “Power Sector for air quality” project. Its goal is to change the public mindset, develop appropriate citizenship attitudes and raise energy and environmental aware-ness of the Polish population.
This report and its presentation mark the beginning of the “Power Sector for air quality” project. The project provides for both information efforts and collaboration with the mass media, as well as educational activi-ties aimed directly at the general population of everyday electricity users.