Global Clean Air Summit
For three days Krakow will become the smog-fighting capital of Europe during the Smogathon and Global Clean Air Summit events, with participation of the EU commissioner, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, as well as UN and European Commission experts, ministers, scientists and businessmen. The ICE Kraków Congress Centre will host the largest international debate on clean air with over 1000 participants on 27 November 2017.
The conference will be devoted to fighting against smog, this time not only with technology but also by engaging business, medicine and law. Alongside three thematic panels and discussions, an exhibition will be organised to present practical smog-fighting or smog-detecting tools currently in use, such as Airly smog sensors. Having won the first Smogathon edition, over 500 of these devices are in use today, not only in Poland. Numerous representatives of local governments will be able to select from ready-made solutions. – High air pollution is not only a problem of large cities but also smaller towns and rural areas. We hope the solutions presented at the GCAS conference will inspire municipal, regional and central authorities to take strong measures to improve air quality – says Andrzej Guła, co-founder of the Polish Smog Alert. – When polish medical doctors whom I talked to heard the speakers’ names, they were surprised how we managed to draft them in to Krakow. They are the best specialist in their field – says Maciej Ryś, announcing the participation of Professors Michał Krzyżanowski and Frank Kelly, Dr Francesco Forastiere, and Dr Anthony Wexler form the famous university UC Davies. Other speakers will include, among others, Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz, Kamil Wyszkowski – General Director of UN Global Compact Poland, Dr Erich Unterwurzacher – Director for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission, Alexis Lacroix – CEO at Euro Bank S.A., Adam Uszpolewicz – CEO at Aviva Polska, Andrzej Guła from the Polish Smog Alert as well as Marshal and Vice-Marshal of the Małopolska Region, Jacek Krupa and Wojciech Kozak.
This year’s third edition of Smogathon received applications from 120 originators of anti-smog technologies from across the world. – We only lacked projects from Antarctica – comments Ryś. After semi-finals in five countries – USA, India, Hong Kong, Great Britain and Poland – 12 teams were selected to present their solutions throughout the upcoming weekend to specialists: scientists, businessmen, environmental activists. What do the participants have in store? Air purifiers – installable or portable, panels preventing pollution from entering the room even with a window open, modern masks connected with a mobile application, a technology that turns car exhaust into ink, and a substance that reduces harmful gas emissions by up to 90 percent when added to petrol. One team comes from Poland, other finalists will come from e.g. India, USA, Switzerland, Great Britain. The winner will be revealed at the evening final gala open for the public to attend. The laureate will be awarded USD 100,000, 75 percent of which will be allocated to implementing the project in Krakow. A special prize of PLN 50,000 will be granted by the brand Otrivin for project implementation in one of Polish cities. EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska will be one of the gala speakers.