In 2010 alone the emissions from the chimneys of coal power stations of Polska Grupa Energetyczna (Polish Energy Group or PGE) contributed to the premature deaths of more than 2000 people. The pollution streaming from the coal burning in power stations can cause cancer, serious respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, damages the nervous system and also can result in developmental malformation in children. Yet the company, owned by the State Treasury, is ignoring this risk to the health of thousands of Poles.
It doesn’t have to be like this. PGE does not have to pollute us. PGE can change.
PGE is still polluting.
Let's change it!
Our goal: 10 000 signatures
Polska Grupa Energetyczna is a powerful company that has been damaging Poles’ health for years. Yet PGE has the ability to change. It must stop burning coal and change to clean energy sources. But only the strength of our united voice can force this power giant to make that change.
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During the coal combustion in conventional power stations and conventional fossil-fuel power stations, thousands tonnes of toxic gases (sulfur and nitrogen monoxides), particular matter and heavy metals are being emitted into the atmosphere. During the respiration process they get into our lungs and then further to the cardiovascular and nervous system, causing many diseases. Asthma attacks, chronic bronchitis and cancer: these are only some of the illneses caused by the air pollution resulting from coal combustion. Experts have no illusions: emissions from coal power stations and fossil-fuel power stations lead to premature deaths. As a result of pollution emission by the Polish power sector only in 2010 almost 5,400 people died.
PGE is the biggest polluter
Emissions of health endangering pollution from coal power stations and fossil-fuel power stations belonging to Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A., only in 2010 led to more than 2,000 of premature deaths. What is more, this largest Polish power company is planning to build more coal power stations and claims for the possibility to emit industry pollutions above EU standards, what may cause thousands of extra deaths as a result of PGE activity.
It doesn’t have to be so.
PGE, as a company with a majority stake of the State Treasury, should act in the citizens’ advantage, while the concern does not undertake sufficient actions to stop with its addiction to coal and emission of pollution. This largest Polish power concern could, in its long-term strategy, increase the share of renawables and act for the benefits of the gradual decrease of the industrial pollution. Big concerns have big possibilities. PGE, only if it wants, can stop polluting.