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Warsaw. The city hall has provided a list of addresses where smokestacks are still smoking. In which district are the most of them?

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The capital city hall reported that 157 substandard furnaces need to be replaced in the municipal stock. In turn, there are 2,437 smoky stoves in private homes.

The status of replacing outdated furnaces in the municipal stock was asked in an interpellation by PiS councillor Damian Kowalczyk. In his response on 2 July, the city hall presented a full list of addresses where the old stoves are still smoking.

Smoky stoves in the capital's municipal resources

The largest number of them are in Praga Południe – 48. In Rembertów, the city must replace 40 boilers in municipal premises that do not meet the standards, in Białołęka – 25, in Wawer – 15, and in Targówek – 11. Five boilers remain in Wola and Śródmieście, four in Praga Północ and one each in Bemowo, Mokotów, Ochota and Ursus.

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There are now six districts of Warsaw free from smokestacks in the municipal resources: Bielany, Żoliborz, Wesoła, Wilanów Ursynów and Włochy.

“As of March 31, 2024, there were 157 smokestacks left to be liquidated in the municipal resources of Warsaw. The main reasons for the lack of liquidation are the lack of connection of buildings to the heating or gas network due to the unsettled legal status or changes in the deadlines for the connection by energy companies. In the case of some apartments, there is a need to evict and provide replacement premises,” said Magdalena Młochowska, coordinating director for green Warsaw, in response to the councilor's interpellation.

The official also pointed out that there are 2,473 stoves in the private stock in Warsaw that need to be replaced. This means that since the end of last year, their number has decreased by 177 pieces. The final deadline for replacing stoves that do not meet the standards is the end of 2027.

Smog donut

Since January 2023, it has been prohibited to use so-called smoky stoves, i.e. boilers without a class (a boiler below class 3 or without a rating plate or information in the boiler documentation) in Mazovia. Since October 1, however, a ban on burning coal in homes has been in force in Warsaw. The penalty for using smoky stoves is a fine of PLN 500 or a fine of up to PLN 5,000. For burning coal, the municipal guard may issue a fine of up to PLN 500.

According to data collected by the Polish Smog Alarm in February, 505 boilers were replaced in Warsaw throughout 2023. The problem is much more serious in the obwarzanek near Warsaw, where over 41.5 thousand smoky stoves are still smoking. According to calculations by PAS activists, at the current rate of boiler replacement in some municipalities, the problem will last another half a century.

Read more: Smog donut. Over 41 thousand smokestacks are smoking near Warsaw

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