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Green light for Poland’s green public transport

Local governments can apply for subsidies to purchase zero-emission buses under the new Green Public Transport program announced by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Poland.

Michał Kurtyka, Minister of Climate and Environment informed that the budget of the program will amount to 1.3 billion zloties (286 million euros), supporting the purchase of at least 500 electric or hydrogen-powered buses which will triple the current number of such vehicles in Poland.

As emphasized by the Ireneusz Zyska, Deputy Minister for Renewable Energy Sources, the Green Public Transport program announced is part of the government’s energy strategy.

“In addition to reducing CO2 emissions by increasing the share of renewable and nuclear energy in the energy sector, it also promotes zero-emission modes of transport on Polish roads,” stressed the Deputy Minister.

Calls for proposals will be carried out in three stages, in 2021, 2022 and 2023. In the first call, the level of co-financing will amount to 80 per cent of the eligible costs of purchasing electric buses and trolleybuses. Subsidies for hydrogen buses will reach as much as 90 per cent throughout the program.

“The financial contribution will be the highest in the first period of the program, as in addition to serving environmental goals it also helps the economy to recover from the coronavirus crisis,” explained the Deputy Minister.

The beneficiaries of the new Green Public Transport program may be operators of public transport, including local governments.

Poland plans to put one million electric vehicles (EVs) on Polish roads by 2025 and is already home to one of the largest battery plants in Europe. A few months ago two European banks announced to promote the electric car industry with an investment in the new plant in Central Poland.

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