In late May 2022, the Ministry of Climate and Environment initiated consultations for the “Strategy for District Heating until 2030 with a Perspective to 2040” (Strategy).

The primary objective of the document is to outline optimal directions for implementing the provisions of national documents such as the “Polish Energy Policy until 2040” and the “National Energy and Climate Plan for 2021-2030,” in compliance with European Union legislative acts. All of this is considered within the framework of achieving the heightened emission reduction target outlined in the currently processed “Fit for 55” package.

In accordance with the requirements of the energy efficiency directive, all district heating systems in Poland must attain the status of efficient systems. This implies significant utilization of renewable sources and cogeneration to qualify for support from EU funds.

Connecting new buildings to district heating networks is a solution that contributes to improving air quality and reducing emissions of harmful substances. Replacing old coal boilers with emission-free energy sources, such as the Emission-Free Power Plant, coupled with an electric water heating system, could lead to a 40%–43% reduction in CO₂ emissions in the district heating sector by 2030. This offers Poland the opportunity to meet European commitments regarding emission reduction.