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Climate Report

Climate Summit
April 19 - 21

Climate Report

The TOGETAIR Climate Report is the first such comprehensive presentation of the issues raised during last year's premiere edition of the 2020 Climate Summit, as well as a summary of the discussions around the key ecological challenges for Poland.

In a new, unique multimedia form, the Report presents recommendations of experts, scientists, social side, local governments and non-governmental organizations.
and entrepreneurs.

Such a wide group of stakeholders allowed not only to capture trends and look at environmental protection from a macro and micro perspective, but also to set priorities for the coming years, such as energy transformation, ordering the waste market, purifying the air of harmful pollutants, transitioning to a circular economy, dealing with the effects of climate change.


Climate Summit

The goal of the TOGETAIR project is to build a platform for understanding, exchange of ideas and cooperation for environmental protection, achieving climate neutrality and supporting ambitious, economically rational goals of Polish climate policy. #together for the climate

The initiative brings together various institutions and environments in Poland, in particular central and local government administration, scientific institutions, business, the non-governmental sector and the media. TOGETAIR has the ambition to become an important element of social dialogue in the perspective of the entire region of Central and Eastern Europe and the European Union.

The 3rd edition of the TOGETAIR Climate Summit was held on April 20-21-22 at the University of Warsaw Library. We organized the 3-day event in a hybrid formula, in two TV studios. They could be viewed free of charge and without registration on the main sites partner media.

  • Air

    Particulate matter, smog, benzo(a)pyrene, black-smoke-belching stoves – until recently these concepts were commonly known only to the inhabitants of Silesia or Krakow. Today, everyone is aware of the negative impact of air pollution on our health and economy.

    Nevertheless, awareness is not enough. Despite numerous reforms and regulations, the quality of air in Poland still falls short of European standards.

    Are current support programmes sufficient to definitively eliminate the smog within a decade? What can be done to effectively combat energy poverty?

    Is it possible that the fight against smog will be the flywheel of the Polish economy? Is “Clean Air” (the government’s largest ever programme of thermal modernisation and heat source replacement) an opportunity for a new opening for the prosumer energy market?

  • Improving recycling efficiency and implementing a closed-loop economy are among the greatest challenges we face.

    Local authorities confront their recycling achievements with EU requirements. Moreover, the EU has just declared war on single-use plastics and wants to oblige industry to take more responsibility for its products.

    How to put in place the waste reforms and design a new system wisely? How to balance environmental and economic objectives? Let us look for good solutions.


  • Fire

    Military conflicts dramatically affect the fossil fuel market. However, the demand for energy continues to grow, as does the need to build energy independence and shift the economy onto a low-carbon trajectory. We are confronting EU pressure to decarbonise and working out our own path to climate neutrality.

    Today, this vision is no longer just a political slogan, but rather a driving force for the entire community. There is a lot of money and economic mechanisms behind it that can support or sink our industry.

    So in what direction should our economy follow? Is the nuclear energy the solution that will reconcile opponents of further fossil fuel combustion, supporters of a stable energy source, and sceptics of the vision of 100% of energy from renewable sources?

    Or should gas replace coal in the coming decades of transition?

    What energy mix will be appropriate for the Polish economy in the long run and at what cost?

  • Life-giving water may soon become a luxury good, and its shortage will be felt not only by farmers struggling with chronic drought. Dealing with the effects of natural disasters will be a major challenge for cities, rural areas and the water and waste management sector.

    Costly investments will be needed to adapt to climate change: building retention reservoirs, upgrading networks and improving drinking water quality.

    The potential of inland waterways is still untapped. Unresolved problems include water pollution, sewage sludge management, supervision and technologies used in the treatment plants. Another issue is the condition of Polish water management, including fishing and maritime transport.


  • Human

    We are living at a particular moment in history – the Anthropocene epoch. This is a period in which human activity has become one of the most significant forces shaping the planet.

    Humans have changed the Earth beyond recognition. Just 250 years of the rapid industrial revolution have been marked by many discoveries, inventions and spectacular technological advances.

    On the other hand, we also have less commendable achievements. Acidified oceans, hundreds of extinct species, contaminated land. Vast quantities of chemicals have been allowed into ecosystems where their role - without human intervention - was marginal. The balance has been disturbed.

    Fortunately, our strength, ingenuity and commitment are a boon, not just a curse, to our species. To what extent will we be able to harness our potential to make the Earth a better place for everyone? Or will we give in to our destructive tendencies and perish? The question remains open.