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Kogeneracja S.A. heat and power plant in Wroclaw Poland Photo Christophe Vander Eecken
The coal and biomass powered heat and power plant in Wrocław is located in the city. All photos: Christophe Vander Eecken

Reducing emissions in Wrocław

  • With funding from Norway, the heat and power plant Kogeneracja S.A., located in the centre of Wrocław in Poland, will significantly reduce its emissions. This will mean better air quality for the inhabitants of Wrocław and the wider region. 

    The heat and power plant Kogeneracja S.A. produces electricity and provides heating for 60 per cent of Wrocław's more than 600 000 inhabitants. EU environmental legislation requires the coal and biomass powered plant to reduce its emissions.

    By installing a new filter system, the sulphur dioxide (SO2) and dust emissions will be reduced significantly. The desulphurisation system is partly funded by Norway Grants with a grant of €4.76 million. When the new installation is finalised later this year, the reduction of SO2 emissions from this plant will be 3200 tonnes per year. This is equivalent to almost 20 per cent of the total Norwegian SO2 emissions for 2013.

    Cleaner air
    As a result of the installation of the new filter system, the acid rain locally and regionally will be reduced and the air quality will improve – benefiting both the environment and the inhabitants of Wrocław and in the wider region.This is contributing to improving lives as long-term exposure to air pollutants such as dust and SO2 may lead to respiratory diseases and premature death.

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    “As a student, I spent some time in Norway and experienced the clean air there. My vision is to contribute to cleaner air in Poland,” said Marek Salmonowicz, technical director of Kogeneracja S.A. and a member of the management board.

    Wrocław in western Poland is the country's fourth largest city. It is located about 100 km from the border with the Czech Republic and less than 200 km from the border with Germany.

    See more photos from a visit to the heat and power plant in Wrocław.

    Reducing industrial emissions in Poland
    The project is one of several projects under the ‘Saving Energy and Promoting Renewable Energy Sources’ programme contributing to reduce industrial emissions of CO2, SO2, NOx and hazardous in Poland.

    Read more about the project

    Read more about the ‘Saving Energy and Promoting Renewable Energy Sources’ programme

    Read about another Norway Grants project contributing to reducing emissions in Poland

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    Project title:

    Execution of the Wet Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) System for Boilers K1, K2, and K3 in Elektrocieplownia Wroclaw

    Project number:


    Priority sector:

    Green Industry Innovation


    € 4761546



    Project promoter:

    CHP team Wroclaw KOGENERACJA S.A.

    Type of Institution:

    Large enterprise

    Project duration:

    34 months

    Project cost:

    € 40,704,196

    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    The project is needed in order to prevent, reduce and as far as possible eliminate pollution arising from industrial activities. Environmental protection is the sole purpose of implementing the project. The underlying investment will significantly affect the reduction of emitted pollutants: SO2 and dust, so it is greatly beneficial for air quality. With the implementation of the project, flue gases from three boilers will be reduced to levels below 200 mg SO2/Nm3 and in addition to that, dust levels will be reduced to levels below 20 mg dust/Nm3. The current levels of concentration in the exhaust gas are 830 mg SO2/Nm3 and 35 mg dust/Nm3. This will be achieved through the construction of a flue gas desulphurisation plant (FGD systems). Wet scrubbers, especially the limestone-gypsum processes are the leading FGD technologies, which EDF Poland is applying in all its companies in Poland. The environment and the local community are the main beneficiaries of the project..