The government’s proposed aid for households that use coal for heating, including in air-polluting pacifiers, is a solution that is considered unfair and divides Polish society. The majority of households that heat themselves with system heat, gas, wood pellets, wood, biomass and fuel oil remained without support. And yet the prices of all these energy carriers are also very high and are expected to become even more expensive.
- The state will pay extra for the purchase of coal
- What about those who were persuaded to do ecology?
- Is the government planning support for the remaining group of recipients?
The state will pay extra for the purchase of coal
Coal prices are rising sharply. A year ago you paid about PLN 1,000 for a ton of coal. After the outbreak of the war in Ukraine and the introduction of the embargo on Russian coal by Poland in April, such a thing is no longer on the market. The coal depots are empty and where you can still buy it, it will cost about PLN 3,000. The predictions of the fall in the price are even worse.
After the government’s failed attempt to extinguish the coal crisis with a guaranteed price for households and compensation for coal sellers, the new idea is a one-time coal surcharge of PLN 3,000.
The addition on coal is awarded to those who heat their homes with coal, regardless of the level of income and whether they have already received coal for the winter or not yet. The government allocates PLN 11.5 billion from the budget for subsidies to coal.
What about those who were persuaded to do ecology?
At the instigation of national and local governments, there are households that have already replaced coal-fired boilers with wood pellet boilers, biomass, fuel oil or connected to the gas network. Now they are without help and their heating costs have risen drastically and many of these households may not be able to pay their heating costs. Gas is becoming more and more expensive and despite the fact that gas tariffs are protected, it is already known that bills for people using this fuel will be higher. Fuel oil prices have doubled, pellet prices have tripled. It is comparable to the prices of firewood. Most Polish households will be two-thirds without government support this winter, according to GUS data.
– The government chose the worst possible solutions to the problem of high prices of energy carriers – says Andrzej Guła, the leader of the Polish Smog Alert – because it treats citizens in an extremely unfair, selective and divisive way. He points out that the government’s goal is not to help the poorest and most deprived. The non-income dependency of the aid means that the same aid will be given to the wealthy owner of a coal-fired boiler and, for example, a pensioner who barely makes ends meet. This is a clear social injustice – adds Guła – The Clean Air program differentiates citizens in terms of wealth and differentiates the degree of support for them. There is no such social sensitivity in the proposed coal subsidies.
Is the government planning support for the remaining group of recipients?
We have asked the Ministry of Climate and Environment about it. In response, the ministry admitted that “the government is also working on solutions for households they use” fuel other than coal. To this end, an interdepartmental team has been set up to work on solutions for households that use fuels other than coal.”
Therefore, protection against high energy prices can also be expected for other consumers. In what form it will be aid, to whom exactly it will apply – the government has not yet announced that. The Minister of Climate and Environment, Anna Moscow, revealed just a few days ago that:
– a special inter-ministerial team has recently been appointed to rapidly prepare a legislative package to protect consumers from high electricity and heat prices. We are preparing a major anti-inflationary shield, just like last year. We want to take over this package this year, it is aimed at a wide audience and allows us to walk through this difficult period with dry feet.