Poland’s former capital and one of its oldest cities, Krakow, is embarking on a transformative journey towards fast decarbonisation. The city is taking part in EIT Climate-KIC’s Deep Demonstration of Healthy, Clean Cities, and has set ambitious goals to become carbon neutral and inclusive.
The past year has seen a major breakthrough in the city council’s approach from siloed to systems thinking, leading to a series of experiments developed to bring the city closer to carbon neutrality. In Poland most energy is still derived from coal, which plays an important role in heating homes but results in high levels of air pollution.
The residents of Krakow were the first in Poland to realise that a massive improvement in air quality was needed, as air pollution levels were far above World Health Organisation (...)