Labour market impact of building energy retrofit in Poland

realization time: 01.2017 – 04.2018

The aim of the project was to assess the labour market impact of a broad programme of buildings’ retrofit in Poland. Potential economic benefits of a retrofit policy such as GDP increase or lower overall energy consumption are visible only in the long run. Assessing potential effects on the labour market, already visible in the medium term may contribute to increasing social and political support for initiatives related to energy efficiency improvement.

In the analyses conducted within the Project we assessed the demand for labour and skills resulting from thermal insulation programmes, as well as the impact of different potential retrofit programs on unemployment and social cohesion on the regional and nationwide level in Poland.


The project was funded by a grant from the European Climate Foundation.

project coordinator:
Piotr Lewandowski
Katarzyna Sałach
Aleksander Szpor
Konstancja Ziółkowska

Buildings thermal retrofit and labour demand
Piotr Lewandowski, Katarzyna Sałach and Konstancja Ziółkowska estimated the labour demand required to meet the targets of anti-smog resolutions in two Polish voivodships (śląskie and małopolskie).
Public policy against energy poverty in Poland. Possible interventions and their social impact
On January 30, we will organise a seminar on energy poverty and buildings’ retrofit in Poland. Together with experts we will discuss how to increase energy efficiency in the context of improving air quality in Poland.
Energy poverty, energy efficiency and air pollution in Poland
In September experts from our Institute took part in several discussions about eliminating the energy poverty phenomenon, improving the energy efficiency and air quality of in Poland.
2018-04-24 The labour demand effects of residential building retrofits in Poland
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This paper analyses the potential direct impact of intensifying residential energy retrofitting on the Polish labour market. We distinguish eight building classes, for which we quantify the labour intensity of improvements to building insulation and heating systems. We account for work performed by low-, medium- ...
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Piotr Lewandowski
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