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The European Commission has approved two investments aimed at improving waste management in Poland, by transforming waste into energy. Almost €63 million from the Cohesion Fund will be allocated to build a municipal waste treatment plant in Gdańsk.

Bythermally neutralizing 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 €40 million from the same Fund to build a similar waste-to-energy plant in Olsztyn, in Poland's Warmińsko-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.

Cohesion and Reforms Commissioner Elisa Ferreira, said: “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.”

The plant in Olsztyn is expected to be operational as of November 2022. The project in Gdańsk is expected 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. During the 2014-2020 budget period, Poland is receiving over €10 billion support from EU Cohesion Policy for environment protection and resource efficiency.


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