STOP SMOG

STOP SMOG

Duration

2018 – ongoing

Geografic scope

Local (city or municipality)

Recipients

Owners or co-owners of single-family residential buildings, municipalities, intercommunal and poviat (district) unions

Managing body

Ministry of Climate and the Environment National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management;
Co-financed by Thermal Modernisation and Refurbishment Fund of the National Economy Bank

Other stakeholders involved

Energy auditing bodies

Volume of funding

~€500 million

Funding method

Financing: Subsidy from the funds of the Thermomodernization and Renovation Fund, up to 70% of the cost of implementing the agreement.

– the average cost of implementing a low-emission project in one building, and in the case of a building with two units – in one unit, may not exceed PLN 53,000
(~€11,800)

 

Own contribution

30% own contribution by the commune/municipality applying; no contribution from end beneficiaries

Target socioeconomic group

Energy-poor people

Target housing situation

Single-family residential buildings

Eligible energy efficiency measures

• Replacement or elimination of high-emission heat sources with low-emission
ones
• Thermal modernisation of single-family residential buildings
• Connection to the heating or gas network
• Providing buildings with access to energy from renewable energy installations
• Reducing the demand of single-family residential buildings for energy
supplied for heating and domestic water heating.

Targeted energy performance

30% heat demand reduction

Process of application

New procedure and application requirements valid since 31.03.2021 are available in Polish at https://czystepowietrze.gov.pl/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/StopSmog-ogloszenie-o-naborze-od-31-marca-2021-roku.pdf

Details

The programme supports the replacement or liquidation of heat sources and  thermal modernisation in single-family residential buildings of energy-poor people. It is implemented by communes, but a party to the agreement on behalf of communes may also be a poviat, an inter-commune union or a metropolitan union in the Śląskie Voivodeship. Project implementation period:
– Up to three years from the date of concluding the agreement, in the case of implementation of low-emission projects covering no more than 2% of the total number of single-family residential buildings in the commune
– Up to four years from the date of concluding the agreement, in the case of implementation of low-emission projects covering more than 2% of the total
number of single-family residential buildings in the commune

Limitations

Based on a publication12 on energy efficiency best practices, the general limitations are related to the lack of comprehensive assessment of the potential for the application of high-efficiency cogeneration and efficient district heating and cooling completed at national level.
• Innovative financing mechanisms are not used.
• Insufficient in-house expertise about financial tools.
• Insufficient own funds requirements.
• Lack of knowledge regarding existing financial tools.

Pathways for improvement

Already steps are being made towards simplifying the application procedure and as of January 2021, notable changes have been implemented:
• Enabling inter-communal and poviat unions to apply for the programme as a coordinator of several communes
• Extension of the agreement implementation period from three to four years
• Allowing the possibility of also implementing low-emission projects in buildings that are part of the commune’s housing stock
• Equipping communes with tools enabling the verification of data of applicants for participation in the programme
• Improving certain conditions for the participation of residents in the programme
• Extension of the catalogue of eligible costs
• Abolishing the obligation for municipal governments to draw up low-emission programmes
• Reducing the minimum number of single-family buildings to apply for the programme (from 2% to 1% or 20 buildings)
• Reducing the required heat demand reduction from 50% to 30%
• Reducing the post-agreement period from 10 to 5 years for the activities and obligations of the municipality and the beneficiary.

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