Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and climate neutrality in 2050 – these are Warsaw’s main goals in terms of climate policy and one of the main pillars of the city’s development strategy. The Climate Team appointed by Rafał Trzaskowski will help with this.
As the city authorities assure, Warsaw has been pursuing a consistent climate policy for many years, based on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency and adapting to climate change. These activities concern many areas of the city’s functioning and require knowledge from various fields, which is why they are implemented by various city entities. The City Hall assures that the capital is also taking part in an increasing number of pro-climate initiatives.
“In order to coordinate these activities more effectively at the city-wide level, the Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw has established a Climate Team. It includes representatives of various offices of the City Hall of the Capital City of Warsaw and other municipal entities. The nature and form of the team are also intended to facilitate mutual exchange of information and experiences,” informs the city hall.
An ambitious goal requires coordination
– In Warsaw, we have been working intensively to combat the climate crisis for years. As one of the first cities in Poland, we announced achieving climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest. We have adopted and are implementing the Green Vision of Warsaw, i.e. a road map to achieve this ambitious goal – says Rafał Trzaskowski, mayor of Warsaw and chairman of the Environment, Climate Change and Energy Committee, quoted in the release. in the European Committee of the Regions. – As part of the Climate Contract financed by the EU, we will implement pioneering solutions in two districts: Ursynów and Praga Południe. Thanks to this, we intend to reduce harmful emissions in both of them by at least 80 percent by 2030 – he adds.
Warsaw wants to set trends in climate action. The capital is already a member of international organizations active in this field. The city also adopted the “Climate Change Adaptation Strategy” and the “Green Vision of Warsaw”, i.e. a road map for achieving climate neutrality and the main document setting the directions and goals of the capital’s climate policy.
“The Green Vision, through long-term directions of action and 27 specific short-term actions, indicates what the city must do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The document is based on 6 main areas: energy infrastructure, buildings, spatial planning and blue-green infrastructure, transport, municipal waste , building social capital and integration,” explains the city hall.
The implementation of these activities requires good planning, coordination at the level of the entire city and the search for various sources of investment financing.
Ecological rolling stock in transport
Warsaw is already taking real actions that translate into reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change. One of them is further investments in communication – the metro is being developed, new tram routes are being built, and the rolling stock is becoming more and more ecological.
“According to the plans, by 2030 the number of conventionally powered buses will be halved. Today, there are 353 gas, 162 electric and 70 hybrid buses on the streets of the capital. Impuls 2 trains are also more climate-friendly, of which from 2022 passengers of the Warsaw SKM train can use it,” officials indicate.
The city also invests heavily in renewable energy sources. There are photovoltaic installations on over 200 city buildings. Warsaw water utilities also use similar solutions, although the main renewable energy source for the company is biogas produced in the process of fermentation of sewage sludge. “Last year, the capital’s MPWiK met almost 1/3 of its annual energy demand from renewable sources,” the city hall calculates.
Warsaw also provides subsidies for the installation of renewable energy installations (renewable energy sources – ed.) by residents. “Over the last 5 years alone, over 4,000 such subsidies have been granted. Residents of Warsaw who want to eliminate non-ecological heating sources can also count on city support. Over the last few years, the number of stoves in the city has decreased by over 80 percent,” assures the city hall.
The capital will also green the urban space. Last year alone, city units planted about 100,000 trees. More and more often, vegetation is replacing concrete surfaces. Such a metamorphosis has recently undergone, among others, Integrator Square in Bielany.
The role of the Climate Team will be to coordinate such initiatives and projects and to recommend to the president further actions for sustainable development and achieving climate neutrality.