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Green Municipality Conference
March 1, 2013   
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An amendment to the law on keeping municipalities and rural districts clean and tidy came into force in January. Under the amendment, which was drafted by the Environment Ministry, local authorities are required to collect municipal waste from property owners while the latter have the obligation to pay for waste management. This system is now in force in most European Union countries.

One of the objectives of the amendment was to create a system making it possible for Poland to comply with EU regulations on waste reduction. This is not the only challenge that local authorities will be facing in the near future. The new draft law on renewable energy sources soon be submitted to parliament requires local governments to increase the use of renewables. Under directive 2009/28/EC, by 2020, Poland must increase the proportion of renewable energy sources in total consumption to 15 percent. And from 2018 every public building will have to be a near-zero-energy building.

The new rules are not only about meeting the requirements of the directive, but also about changing the way of thinking about the functioning of our cities and rural areas. In the coming years, their progress needs to be determined by sustainable development. But how can this be achieved with the available funds? What solutions should we choose and whose experiences should we use? These are the dilemmas that local authorities are facing.

This is why the upcoming Green Municipality conference being organized by The Warsaw Voice—the fifth in the Innovative Poland series—is intended for them. During the conference, which will be held at the Copernicus Science Center March 4, we will try to showcase solutions used by Polish, Dutch and German municipalities. Experts, scientists and business practitioners will be among the speakers. The conference will be accompanied by an exhibition of innovative lighting, recycling and processing, energy recovery and communications systems.

You are more than welcome to take part.

El¿bieta Wrzecionkowska
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