Carbon surcharge is discrimination? The Commissioner for Human Rights has reservations. ‘Government did not take such people into account’

  • The ROP draws attention to the lack of a co-financing project for citizens who heat their homes in a different way, for example with gas, electricity or a heat pump.
  • This is another critical voice of the omission of people in the government plan, who often replaced old coal stoves with more ecological solutions at great cost and with their own efforts.
  • – I have to save all year to buy 3-4 tons of pellets around September. This is a huge expense. It is a pity that the government has not taken such people into account, writes a pensioner from the province in a letter to Onet. Lublin
  • The government only wants to spend PLN 11.5 billion on the coal subsidy this year. In comparison, just over PLN 3 billion in subsidies has been disbursed under the Clean Air program since 2018
  • More interesting information can be found on the main page of Onet.pl

The Ombudsman asked the Ministry of Climate and Environment for a position on the CO2 surcharge. The ROP draws attention to the lack of simultaneous processing of the project on co-financing for citizens who heat their homes in a different way, for example with gas, electricity or a heat pump.

– Citizens interpret the lack of such solutions as discriminating against people who feel responsible for the environment and have decided to invest in ecological heating installations – the ROP writes to the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

This is another critical voice of the omission of people in the government plan, who often replaced old coal stoves with more ecological solutions at great cost and with their own efforts. The case on Onet’s pages was referred, among others, by Emil Nagalewski, coordinator of the Polish smog alarm in the Silesian province.

– The government only supports coal from our taxes. Why were the owners of the most polluting boilers distinguished? Two-thirds of the Polish population remained without support, although they had previously invested in changing the heating source. The person who removed the soot and heat the house with pellets will not benefit from the support, although it has become more expensive than coal – he said.

People who are directly affected by the actions of the government also want to participate in the discussion. Onet was approached by Mr Ryszard, a retiree from the county. Lublin.

– Two years ago I used the Clean Air program and installed a pellet boiler. One of the conditions for receiving a grant and a loan was the liquidation of other heating sources, so the application stated that the existing fireplace can only perform a decorative function – he describes.

– So if I wanted to smoke in it again with solid fuel, I would have to repay the subsidy received and early repay the long-term loan. This is, of course, unreal and absurd. So I have to save all year to buy 3-4 tons of pellets around September. This is a huge expense. It is a pity that the government has not taken such people into account – he adds.

The government only wants to spend PLN 11.5 billion on the coal subsidy this year. In comparison, just over PLN 3 billion in grants has been paid out under the Clean Air program since 2018.

Let us remind you that, in accordance with the intention of the government, the amount of compensation will be 3,000 PLN. zloty. It will be available to households where coal stoves are the source of heating. There are no income criteria. It is important that no money has to be spent on coal.

The coal surcharge is the government’s response to rising fuel prices. Especially the raw material imported from abroad, the only alternative to the shortages in the Polish mines and the embargo on cheap coal from Russia. Today, each tonne, by ships, incl. from Colombia, Indonesia and the US, costs only about 3,000. zloty.

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