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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Poland

  • Emissions of greenhouse gases from the Youth Education Centre in the town of Bartoszyce have been reduced by almost 7300 tonnes per year after renovation and modernisation of the heating system. 

    Until recently, the Youth Education Centre in Bartoszyce was heated by technologically old-fashioned and environmentally unfriendly heating plants relying on coal and oil. In addition to being expensive, this heating system was also uncomfortable for people using the building, as it was not possible to control the temperature in the rooms.

    A €2 million grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway enabled the Bartoszyce District to replace the old heating plants with a new and automatic central heating plant. The new, automatised heating system guarantees safer operation, and uses natural wood chips as fuel. A heating network has been installed, delivering fuel from the heating plant to the buildings, and the buildings’ interior central heating installations have been conversed from a steam system to a water system. New roofs and ceilings have been installed, and windows and doors have been changed to reduce energy use and costs.

    Today, the CO2 emissions have been reduced by close to 7300 tonnes per year – twice as much as the expected outcome. In addition, the emissions of nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide, which are both major causes of smog and acid rain, have been reduced by 1.6 tonnes per year. The renovation has also decreased the heating demand significantly – and the indoor air temperature has been stabilised to a comfortable 20 degrees Celsius in all the rooms. The centre’s switch to bio fuel also creates a local bio fuel market, which again is expected to contribute to the creation of new workplaces in the region.

    The Youth Education Centre houses an orphanage, an education centre and the Complex of Mechanical Schools with workshops and a dormitory, a gym and a swimming pool.

    Photo: Making wood chips to be used as fuel. The picture is taken by Bartoszyce District.  

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    Project title:

    Modernization of the heating management in the Youth Education Center at Limanowskiego street in Bartoszyce using renewable energy sources.

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Environment and sustainable development



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual project

    Project duration:

    30 months

    Project cost:

    € 2,413,823

    Grant rate:


    Grant agreement date:

    08 November 2007

    The purpose of the Project is to increase the energy efficiency by modernising the heating system at an education centre, and to improve the standard of the buildings belonging to the education centre and hence reduce the heating costs, with the overall objective of protecting the environment through reducing the emission of pollutants into the atmosphere. Reference is made to the application, dated 25 September 2005 and subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point dated 07 December 2006, 13 February and 16 February 2007.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - Purchase of machines and equipment for preparing biomass fuel;

    - Installing two biomass and one oil fired boiler;

    - Eliminating three coal dust fired boilers;

    - Introduce a heating network delivering fuel from the heating plant to the buildings;

    - Conversion of the interior central heating installations from a steam system to a water system in buildings;

    - Upgrading of heating substations (junctions) in the buildings;

    - Insulation of roofs and ceilings in the buildings;

    - Exchange windows and doors in the buildings;

    - Install external remote measurement network and publicity activities.

    The Project Promoter is the Bartoszyce District.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Project Promoter provides at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible Project cost.