ЕC to help transforming waste into energy in Poland

With a total of €103m, the bloc will support the country in building 2 municipal waste treatment plants

The European Commission has approved yesterday two investments aimed at improving waste management in Poland, by transforming waste into energy. For this goal to be achieved €63m from the Cohesion Fund will be allocated to build a municipal waste treatment plant in Gdansk. Bythermally neutralising some 160,000 tonnes per year of municipal solid waste, the new plant will generate electricity and useful heat at the same time.

The Commission has also approved an investment of almost €40m from the same Fund to build a similar waste-to-energy plant in Olsztyn, in Poland's Warminsko-Mazurskie region. This plant too will ensure both effective waste management and meet citizens' energy needs by transforming municipal solid waste into heat and electricity.

“These projects are good example of the 'think globally, act locally' scope of EU Cohesion Policy. Locally, the plants will greatly benefit the waste treatment and efficient energy production in both cities; globally, they will reduce the environmental impact of waste in the whole Baltic Sea area,” Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, said.

According to plans, the plant in Olsztyn is expected to be operational as of November 2022, while the project in Gdansk is set to be operational as of January 2023 and will also include educational and promotional activities for one million local residents about the importance of preventing waste and ensuring that any waste that is created is properly treated. 

This is part of the over €10bn support from EU Cohesion Policy for environment protection and resource efficiency that Poland is to receive during the 2014-2020 budget period.

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