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The Polish coal power plants making Poland and Europe sick

 Our new visualisation shows geographical regions and cities most affected by pollution from Poland’s coal power stations
Our new visualisation shows geographical regions and cities most affected by pollution from Poland’s coal power stations

In November we launched the report Last Gasp, using high-resolution atmospheric modelling to reveal how air pollution from each of the coal power stations in the EU is damaging public health. The report shows that in 2016, the coal power plants of just ten companies are estimated to be responsible for two thirds of the health impact from coal across Europe, and cost society up to €22 billion.

The story in Poland

Plants located in Poland were responsible for an estimated 2,600 premature deaths, 1,100 new cases of chronic bronchitis and 42,400 asthma symptom days in children. This leads to an estimated 2,100 hospital admissions and over 775,000 lost working days.

Just three companies were responsible for approximately three-quarters of the health damage from Polish plants: PGE, ZE PAK & ENEA.

Read our new briefing focused on Poland here.