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Ecological Subsides


Detailed description of the Good Practice

Already since 1996 the inhabitants of Gdynia have been granted subsidies for eliminating the so called low emission. Subsidies for connecting a property to the municipal sanitary sewage system as well as for removing asbestos coatings have been granted since 2005. At the beginning of 2007 the cooperation of Bank Ochrony Środowiska SA – BOŚ SA (Environmental Protection Bank) was enlisted. In collaboration with this bank subsidies are provided for ecological investments, the municipality being the payer and loans are given, the bank being the payer. One may receive a subsidy and /or loan for the following purposes: heating system modernization including installation of unconventional energy sources for example heat pumps, solar collectors, etc; removal of asbestos from roofing and facades of residential buildings; removal of a septic tank; connecting a property to the municipal sanitary sewage system or for purchase and installation of a biological treatment plant next to one’s home.

The project is innovative due to its complementary character. The commercial bank loan was created in such a way that it constitutes firm and purposeful support for the subsidies granted by the city. Such a solution was necessary since for some people it was impossible to carry out any of the subsidized ecological investments due to lack of necessary own resources. The subsidy covered only part of eligible funds (up to 50%). Now this barrier has been removed. The bank offers a loan on very preferential terms to supply the missing financial resources indispensable for carrying out the investment. It is possible to obtain co-financing up to 80% of investment’s total costs for the period of up to 6 years. After the investment has been completed, the inhabitants may apply for a partial reimbursement (up to 50%) of the costs incurred.The advantage of the adopted procedures is that they are simple and quick. The only enclosures necessary to have the application accepted are the documents prepared during investment realization (agreement on technical conditions and bills).

Objectives of the Good Practice

In Gdynia there functions a permanent (24-hour) electronic monitoring of air pollution carried out by the measuring stations of a foundation called Agency of Regional Air Quality Monitoring in the Gdańsk metropolitan area. These stations were jointly bought and equipped by the City of Gdynia and companies operating in Gdynia and emitting pollutions to the atmosphere. On the basis of the measurements it is observed that the limit value of particulate matter (PM10), an important air pollution parameter is exceeded. Aware of the health consequences (higher incidence of respiratory system illnesses) as well as legal ones (the necessity to create an air protection programme), Gdynia authorities have decided to take precautionary measures. Moreover, in accordance with the national legislation requirements (law on environmental protection) it is incumbent on the local government to care for the condition of the natural environment and all its components.The subsidies for eliminating the so called “low emissions” started in 1996, those for removing asbestos and connecting a property to the sanitary sewage system started to be granted in 2005. The cooperation with the Bank Ochrony Środowiska S.A. - BOŚ S.A. was initiated in February 2007. The local self-government intends to further realize the subsidy programme and continue the cooperation with BOŚ

Participants of the Good Practice

The Municipality as the author of the initial proposal and coordinator and partly co-financing. The Bank Ochrony Środowiska S.A as the main contributor and as cooperator with the Municipality.

Target group of the Good Practice

The effort was directed towards the Citizens. In order to increase the environmental awareness and impact the problem of emissions Citizens are propelled (by the subsides) to act in concrete way by reducing the impact over the environment.

Funding of the Good Practice

The Bank Ochrony Środowiska S.A cooperating with the Municipality has been main funder.

More Details of the Good Practice

Available files

Contact details

UBC Environment and Sustainable Development Secretariat
Vanha Suurtori 7
FIN-20500 Turku, Finland

Data sources and references

UBC Environmental Awards 2007
Baltic Cities Environmental Bulletin 1/2007