Operation of the NFEPWM and its role in financing and environmental protection and water management in Poland is the leitmotiv of one of the Polish side events for the 23rd UN Climate Conference (COP23). Kazimierz Kujda, President of the Management Board of the NFEPWM emphasized that the National Fund support the state environmental policy involving both its own and European funds as well as foreign environmental protection financing mechanisms available in Poland. The measures are allocated primarily in the form of donations and preferential loans.
“The National Fund has been currently allocating app. 1.2 – 1.4 billion of euro a year (haft of them are the EU funds, whereas the other half are own funds) for financing the environmental projects. The co-financed projects include the investments involving energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, water and sewage management and waste management as well as the microelectronics projects such as: solar collectors, heat pumps and photovoltaic cells – says President Kujda.
Paweł Sałek, Vice-Minister of Environment, Government Plenipotentiary for Climate Policy, stressed that the National Fund may be a role model for the other states in the field of financing the pro-environmental investments.
“Its activities effectively contribute to the improved condition of natural environment in Poland. The investments we co-finance benefit all Poles. These include, among others, such projects as thermal insulation of hospitals and schools or development of heating systems in the cities to improve air quality. We are open to share our experiences in this field with the other participants of COP23 Summit” – he noted.
The 23rd UN Climate Summit i.e. COP23 has been held in Boon between 6 and 17 November. The presidency over this summit has been held by Fiji. The purpose of the Summit is to make progress in developing the rules of implementation of the Paris Agreement. These rules are to be finally adopted during COP24 in Katowice to be held in December 2018. Polish delegation in Bonn is headed by Professor Jan Szyszko, Minister of Environment.
The negotiations during the COP are complemented with educational events, so called side events.
More information on COP23: https://cop23.unfccc.int/