The ambient air protection programme is a part of the Environmental Programme and its objective is to support improvement of the quality of ambient air, alleviation of the consequences of climate change, and ensuring radiation safety.. Grants are applied for and projects implemented in accordance with the Environmental Programme rules and the relevant Regulation of the Minister of the Environment. The amount allocated for grants varies from year to year, because it is directly dependent on the environmental charges received.
The activities supported from the ambient air protection programme:
Improvement of ambient air quality:
1) renovation and construction of ambient air pollution cleaning systems, incl. application of the best possible equipment;
2) development of the monitoring and supervision systems required for ensuring fuel quality;
3) control over ozone layer-depleting substances and restriction of their use;
4) development of monitoring and supervision systems required for ensuring ambient air quality;
5) modernisation of meteorological observation network;
6) development of the system for early assessment of ambient air pollution level and information transmission in case of major accidents and emergencies;
7) composition of applied research and analyses associated with climate change, long-range transboundary pollution, ozone layer protection, and ambient air quality, as well as providing the general public with an overview of said areas.
Reduction of transport pollution:
1) application of measures for reduction of transport-related ambient air pollution, including promotion of the use of public transportation and alternative means of transport and traffic control;
2) applied research regarding the possibility of providing benefits for more environment-friendly motor vehicles;
3) applied research regarding the possibilities for use of alternative fuels in transport;
4) promotion of alternative fuels used in transport and of the use of alternative means of transport.
Reduction of radiation hazard:
1) ensuring adequate processing of radioactive waste;
2) protection of public health against hazards arising from ionizing radiation, incl. applied research and provision of an overview of this field to the general public;
3) development of a system for detecting radioactive waste and urgent warning of the population in case of radiation hazard;
4) harmonisation and certification of radiation measurement methods.
Reduction of environmental pollution caused by physical sources of pollution:
1) construction of systems reducing pollution caused by physical sources of pollution, incl. application of the best possible equipment;
2) composition of activity programmes and applied research for reduction of pollution caused by physical sources of pollution and provision of an overview of this area to the general public.
Reduction of the negative environmental impact of energy:
1) construction of ambient air pollution cleaning systems for various combustion installations, incl. application of the best possible equipment;
2) development of combined heat and power production;
3) supporting sparing use of energy through various technical solutions.