The Minister of Climate is pleased to invite you to the conference inaugurating
the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Programme

launched within the framework of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism
and the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021

The conference will be held on March the 3rd in Warsaw (8 Wioślarska Str.).

The main objective of the conference is to present the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Programme, including support areas, information on potential applicants and the schedule of call for proposals.

The conference will be followed by the matchmaking event which aims to establish new partnerships or deepen existing cooperation between Polish, Norwegian and Icelandic entities that would like to implement partnership projects in the upcoming financial perspective of the EEA and Norway Grants.

Topics addressed at conference will cover the following programme areas:

  1. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (2 calls for proposals)
  2. The environment and ecosystems (3 calls for proposals)

The matchmaking event in the Programme Area Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy security will be organised later.

Participation in the conference is free of charge.


Click here to register for the Conference! Click here to register for the Matchmaking event!


Sending the application is not equivalent with the possibility of participating in the Conference / Matchmaking event. Qualified participants will be informed by e-mail.

Information about Environment, Energy and Climate Change Programme

The Ministry of Climate, with the support of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, is the Operator of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Programme, which addresses the challenges of global warming as climate change mitigation and adaptations and protection of environment and ecosystems.

Support under the Programme is mainly focused on measures aimed at improving air quality (including the development of district heating systems and cogeneration systems), improving energy efficiency throughout e.g. thermomodernization of schools, increasing the production of energy from renewable sources (including geothermal energy and energy from small hydropower plants), as well as on counteracting climate change and protecting ecosystems (including fighting the spread of invasive alien species).

The programme includes support under three programme areas:

  1. Renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy security
  2. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  3. Environment and ecosystems

The funds will also be allocated to support pilot projects in the field of circular economy and use of biomass for energy purposes.

Support is also provided for bilateral activities (under the Fund for Bilateral Relations).





For more information on Environment, Energy and Climate Change Programme, please follow the links below:

Inaugural conference for Environment, Energy and Climate Change Programme
within the framework of the III Edition of Norwegian Financial Mechanism and EEA Financial Mechanism in Poland
March 3, 2020

CONFERENCE TIMETABLE:

8.15 – 8.45REGISTRATION
9.00KEYNOTE SPEECHES

  • Adam Guibourgé-Czetwertyński Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Climate of the Republic of Poland
  • Waldemar Buda State Secretary, Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy of the Republic of Poland
  • Lilja Alfreðsdóttir Minister of Education, Science and Culture of the Republic of Iceland
  • Mathias Fischer State Secretary, Ministry of Climate and Environment of the Kingdom of Norway
10.00 – 10.50PRESENTATION OF THE PROGRAMME

  • Piotr Bogusz Deputy Director of the Department of Ecological Funds, Ministry of Climate -  presentation of the Programme Environment, Energy and Climate Change
  • Marcin Jamiołkowski Head of Unit, Department of Energy, National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management - presentation of the financial instruments
  • Árni Páll Árnason Deputy Director, Financial Mechanism Office in Brussels
10.50 – 11.00COFFEE BREAK
11.00 – 12.00DISCUSSION PANEL

  • Discussion panel with participation of representatives of Donor Programme Partners (NVE, NEA, Orkustofnun) about EEA grants and Norway Grants – experiences, challenges and cooperation
  • Agnieszka Laudy Director's Plenipotentiary for the Environment, Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanów - presentation of the Polish beneficiary from II edition perspective of EEA and Norway grants
12.00 – 13.00MATCHMAKING EVENT - ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE
Short presentation made by the Donor States - Norway and Iceland
13.00 – 13.45LUNCH
13.50 – 14.30CEREMONIAL SUMMARY OF THE CONFERENCE WITH PARTICIPATION OF SPECIAL GUESTS
Speech made by the Minister of Climate Mr Michał Kurtyka
Speech made by the President of Poland Mr Andrzej Duda
Speech made by the President of the Republic of Iceland Mr Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson
14.30 – 16.00MATCHMAKING - FOLLOW-UP
Matchmaking talks between representatives of Polish entities and Norway and Icelandic ones

Speakers

Piotr Bogusz, Deputy Director in the Department of Ecological Funds, Ministry of Ministry of Climate, Poland

Since 2016 he has been responsible for EEA and Norway Grants in the environmental and energy sector in Poland as a representative of the Programme Operator for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Programme financed by EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 and previous programmes as well. He is a chairman of the Cooperation Committee that consist of representatives of Norway, Iceland and Poland and aims to strengthen cooperation between engaged countries and support the Programme Operator in implementation of the Programme. He participates in the preparation of the next (2021-2027) financial perspective of European funds at the national level in the area of a greener, low carbon and resilient Europe.

He started working for Ministry as a Senior Expert responsible for disbursement of the EU Cohesion Fund to the environmental investment projects and then led the financial management unit and for many years he has been also responsible for sound management of the EU Funds in the environmental sector.

Marcin Jamiołkowski - A graduate of the Interfaculty Studies in Environmental Protection at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences – WULS and post-graduate studies in marketing, project management, renewable energy and the energy market.

Since 2005 in National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management. From the beginning of his work he was involved in the implementation of projects financed from EU funds e.g. preparation of the next financial perspectives of EU funds for the years 2007-2013, 2014-2020 and currently for the years 2021-2027. He participated in the creation of new support instruments, conceptual and legislative works, including amendments to the Energy Efficiency Act, establishment of the Low-Emission Transport Fund, and currently he is involved in the preparation of the Modernization Fund. Leader of a team which is responsible for developing of model for assessing and financing eco-innovative technologies. He actively participates in the Fund's activities on the European level as a member of The Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG), CA EED and other initiatives aimed at supporting the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Currently, he is the head of the Programme Development Unit (in the Department of Energy), which is responsible for creating new financing programs in the field of energy and also oversees the Foreign Funds Unit responsible for implementing, among others the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021.

Agnieszka Laudy, Director's Plenipotentiary for the Environment

A graduate of the Faculty of Biology at the University of Warsaw with a PhD in biological sciences. In professional work she deals with issues related to the risks analysis in preventive conservation, research in biodegradation and biodeterioration processes of works of art, protection of ecosystems’ biodiversity as well as management of environmental data and the implementation of new technologies for safety procedures and protection of historic collections.

After obtaining the "Business in Sustainable Management" certificate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (UK), she focuses her interests and activities on implementing the principles of sustainable development and achieving the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda in management, protection of cultural heritage and environment.

She is the author, co-author and manager of research projects implemented in Poland (financed from the European Economic Area (EEA), Operational Programs Infrastructure and Environment (POIŚ), Regional Program of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship) and abroad (Europa Nostra award in the EPICO project). She cooperated with such centers as: Spanish National Research Council (Spain), Hampton Court Palace (Historic Royal Palaces, Great Britain), Chateau de Versailles (France), Fondazione Centro Conservazione e Restauro "La Venaria Reale" (Italy), Norwegian Institute for Air Research NILU, numerous museum as well as research institutes and universities.

She is a member of CEN TC 346 and PKN KT/311 Conservation of Cultural Property. 

André Kammerud is the Head of Section for the High North and Bilateral Relations at the Norwegian Environment Agency (NEA).

The Section is responsible for the Agency's collaboration with relevant Beneficiary States within the EEA and Norway Grants. NEA acts as Donor Programme Partner (DPP) within eight Programmes/Beneficiary States in the current granting period (2014-21), among them the Polish Environment, Energy and Climate Change Programme. NEA has quite a long-lasting experience from working together with the Polish Programme Operator, particularly during the previous granting period (2009-14) and the present one. In addition, NEA has been a project partner within previous Programmes.

Kammerud is a Dr. Scient. in Environmental Geography from the University of Oslo in 1998.

After working as a research fellow at the University of Oslo, he joined the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority, a predecessor of the later Norwegian Environment Agency.

Kammerud has also been working for the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

Baldur Pétursson is Manager - International Projects and Public Relations at the National Energy Authority in Iceland.

In possession of extensive domestic and international experience in administrative work for many years e.g. as:

  • International Projects and Public Relations Manager at the National Energy Authority in Iceland, working on various international projects and programs, e.g. working in cooperation with FMO, World Energy Council, etc.
  • Head of Unit within the Ministry of Industry and Commerce for many years,
  • Member and/or chairman of several domestic committees and reports on industrial sectors,
  • Counsellor at the Icelandic Mission to the EU in Brussels,
  • Member of the Board and later Executive Alternate Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London,
  • Member of the Board at Islandsbanki in Iceland (2010-12)
  • Member of several international committees e.g. within OECD, EU, EFTA, EBRD, IPHE, NORA, Nordic Ministerial Council, Energy Charter, World Energy Council (WEC), WEC Europe Committee and WEC Strategy and Communication Committee.

MSAS in International Business from Boston University in the United States, Business Administration from the University of Iceland and in possession of the certification Assessment of the Eligibility as Chief Executive Officers and Members of the Boards of Directors of larger Financial Undertakings approved by the Financial Supervisory Authority in Iceland, 2010 

Bjørn Aulie is acting director of International section in the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE). 

NVE is subordinated the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The section is responsible for the directorate's international collaborative programs in the fields of energy and water resources in several countries around the world. NVE is also acting as Donor Program Partner (DPP) within 5 Programmes/ Beneficiary States in the EEA current granting period (2014-21), among them the Polish Environment, Energy and Climate Change Programme. NVE has also some experience cooperating with polish authorities during the previous EEA granting period (2009-14).

Bjørn Aulie has master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo in 1986, and studies in international relations from the University of Leuven.

Matchmaking Event

We have the pleasure in inviting youto the matchmaking event aiming to facilitate contacts between the Polish and Norwegian, Icelandic and Liechtenstein’s entities interested in realising the projects under the EEA and Norway Grants and start to cooperate bilaterally. The event starts just after the Opening Conference as indicated in the Programme.

Who is expected to attend the meeting?
Representatives of different Polish and Norwegian, Icelandic and Liechtenstein’s entities interested in partnership projects.

Objective of the matchmaking
The purpose of the matchmaking event is to establish new partnerships or deepen existing cooperation between organizations from Poland and from donor countries, develop partnership projects and discuss issues related to joint submission of an application. The implementation of the project in cooperation with a partner from donor countries will be additionally scored.

These matchmaking events will cover two areas:
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
Environment and Ecosystems

Why finding a partner?
Realisation of the project with Norwegian, Icelandic or Liechtenstein Partner is additionally scored in all calls for proposals. Take part in the matchmaking event and increase your chance financing !!!


Calls for proposals in the area Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation:

Implementation of green-blue infrastructure investments in cities

MAXIMUM GRANT AMOUNT
2 300 000 euro

MINIMUM GRANT AMOUNT
500 000 euro

LEVEL OF FINANCING
85 %


WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES ARE FINANCED

The call shall support municipalities’ implementation of strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Applicants may apply for funding for measures to increase resilience to climate change and measures to reduce emissions from e.g. transport or other sectors, including revitalisation and creation of green areas and improved water management such as water retention. Educational and awareness measures are eligible under this call.


ADDITIONALLY VALUED DURING EVALUATION PROCESS 

THE CALL IS ADRESSED TO 

Awareness raising activities on climate change mitigation and adaptation carried out by schools

MAXIMUM GRANT AMOUNT
800 000 euro

MINIMUM GRANT AMOUNT
200 000 euro

LEVEL OF FINANCING
100 %


WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES ARE FINANCED

The call shall support schools’ efforts to enhance students/pupils’ knowledge on climate change issues, including implementation of small-scale on-site mitigation and/or adaptation measures.

It can take form of educational events, competitions, trainings, or workshops. All activities should be carried out in order to increase the awareness and knowledge of the pupils about climate change and adaptation measures.


ADDITIONALLY VALUED DURING EVALUATION PROCESS 

THE CALL IS ADRESSED TO 


Calls for proposals in the area Environment and Ecosystems:

Ecosystem management plans implemented

MAXIMUM GRANT AMOUNT
1 000 000 euro

MINIMUM GRANT AMOUNT
200 000 euro

LEVEL OF FINANCING
85 %


WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES ARE FINANCED

Activities connected with the protection of endangered species and habitats:

  • counteracting the fragmentation of ecosystems, including through restoration and protection measures;
  • limiting barriers and ensuring conditions for free movement of animals between protected areas - ecological corridors;
  • protection of natural, wetlands to prevent the release of huge amounts of accumulated carbon, restoring bogs to their natural condition by rehydration of over-dried bogs in order to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases they emit;
  • maintaining good current status of ecosystems

ADDITIONALLY VALUED DURING EVALUATION PROCESS 

THE CALL IS ADRESSED TO 

Measures against invasive alien species carried out

MAXIMUM GRANT AMOUNT
1 000 000 euro

MINIMUM GRANT AMOUNT
200 000 euro

LEVEL OF FINANCING
85 %


WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES ARE FINANCED

Activities connected with:

  • removal of invasive alien species;
  • identification of sources and routes for the spread of invasive alien species, including the introduction of adequate solutions (elimination of sources or introduction of barriers / restrictions in the spread)

ADDITIONALLY VALUED DURING EVALUATION PROCESS 

THE CALL IS ADRESSED TO 

Small Grants Scheme

MAXIMUM GRANT AMOUNT
200 000 euro

MINIMUM GRANT AMOUNT
50 000 euro

LEVEL OF FINANCING
90 %


WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES ARE FINANCED

Activities connected with:

  • conducting active protection of endangered species and habitats;
  • combating invasive alien species and counteracting their spread;
  • improved mapping and assessment of ecosystem services;
  • increased awareness of ecosystems

ADDITIONALLY VALUED DURING EVALUATION PROCESS 

THE CALL IS ADRESSED TO 

Registration for the Matchmaking event

Take part in the matchmaking event and increase your chances for co-financing.

The event will be held in English.

Due to a limited number of places, we ask to register only one person per organisation. We are kindly asking your for the early registration.

For the entities from the Donor States (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) the travel grants of EUR 1200 per institution is predicted under the condition they are in accordance with the rules established by the Programme Operator and with the state aid rules.

Registration for the Conference

Registration lasts until / to February 19, 2020

Localization

Access by public transport:

By bus: Most Poniatowskiego stop, bus no. 185

By tram: Most Poniatowskiego stop, tram no. 7, 9, 22, 25

Detailed information on public transport is available at wtp.waw.pl/en