Piaseczno is a semi-urban municipality located in the central part of Poland, in the Warsaw Metropolitan Area (WMA). It covers an area of 12 823 ha. With more than 70 000 inhabitants it is currently the most populated municipality in Poland.
The number of inhabitants is regularly increasing due to the municipality’s high natural values and its location in the neighbourhood of the Capital City of Warsaw – many people decide to work in Warsaw but live in Piaseczno and other neighbouring municipalities which offer better living conditions. It is estimated that within next 10 years Piaseczno’s population may increase twice which makes it necessary to expand and modernize local infrastructure.
The city of Piaseczno (which is the seat of the municipality) has a rich history dating back to the 13th century and it is located up to 23 km away from the Warsaw city center. It is the largest urban complex in the southern urban area of the WMA. The nearest F. Chopin airport is located 10 km from Piaseczno.
Piaseczno is characterised by relatively low unemployment rate amounting to approx. 6%. It also has a well developed educational infrastructure – there are located inter alia 10 kindergartens, 10 public and 2 private primary schools, 8 public and 5 private secondary schools, 3 public high schools, the Electro-Mechanical School Complex, the Economic School Complex and the Agricultural Centre for Continuous Education.
Piaseczno is considered to be the best demographically developing municipality of the region: its major asset is healthy demographic structure, relatively high birth rates and availability of social infrastructure.
The Municipality of Piaseczno is very attractive for investors due to the well developed infrastructure, high human potential and location near the Capital City of Warsaw. Therefore, the number of business entities located in Piaseczno is constantly increasing, currently reaching approx. 11 000. Among many companies that chose Piaseczno for their seat are: Thomson Polkolor, Reynaers, Auchan, Leroy Merlin, Energis and Dr. Irena Eris Cosmetic Laboratories. The most industrialized part of the municipality is the northern part.
Piaseczno is recognized as the fourth “Entrepreneurship Centre” in Mazovia (behind Warsaw, Radom and Płock). It also took the third place in the “Report on the investment attractiveness” of 47 municipalities and districts of the Warsaw Agglomeration (2013). The report compares the investment opportunities of individual municipalities and metropolitan areas of the Agglomeration.
In Piaseczno and its surroundings there are many interesting places to visit, including both the historical and cultural monuments, parks and reserves, as well as other tourist attractions such as the famous Market Piaseczyński or Piaseczynskie Teatralia Sobotkowe (events related to the various fields of art: performances, exhibitions, street performances, musical concerts taking place 2-3 times a day, etc. – all free of charge).
It is also worth to visit the first station of the Piaseczyńsko-Grójecka Narrow Gauge Railway, which has a 115-year history (→ regular trips are held from March to October, every Sunday at 11.00), as well as to canoe down the Jeziorka River that flows through the municipality. Equally attractive can be the Piaseczno bike tour. South-eastern part of the municipality is mostly cover with forests, which is a good place for hikers.
The municipality of Piaseczno is involved in many environmentally friendly initiatives, including the ones aiming at increasing energy efficiency and RES use. In September 2011 the municipality joined the Covenant of Mayors, thus committing to reduce its CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020. In October 2013 – within the Green Twinning project – the municipality also formally adopted it Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) which will help it to achieve the Covenant objectives.
Among sustainable energy investments and actions, which were already implemented by the city, it is worth to mention:
- installation of a pilot LED-based intelligent street lighting system in the framework of the LITES project;
- development of the Conception for Integrated Urban Development and the Conception for Energy Efficient Modernization of Buildings, which will be included in updated/new strategies of the development of the municipality;
- carrying out of energy audits in selected residential buildings;
- organisation of energy days engaging citizens and local stakeholders in energy saving;
- energy education of the citizens;
- participation in the project entitled “A garden over the head”, aiming at setting up gardens on roofs and walls in order to improve energy characteristics of the buildings and to improve the water balance in the municipality.
- participating in the European project “Urb.Energy” aiming at the promotion of sustainable, energy efficient urban development strategies in residential areas in the Baltic Sea Region.
The municipality also uses renewable energy sources, i.e.:
- solar energy – some of the citizens have solar collectors installed however there are no exact data about their number, surface and capacity;
- geothermal energy – some of the citizens have heat pumps installed however there are no exact data about their number and capacity;
- biogas – biogas produced in the municipal sewage treatment plant is used to generate heat and electricity.
The municipality is also planning installation of a solar plant with the capacity of 1 MW at the area of Piaseczno’s water purification plant.
Moreover, in order to improve local energy situation Piaseczno is consecutively introducing regulations concerning heat supply (preferred sources used for heat generation are: natural gas, electricity, low-sulphur heating oil and renewable energy sources). The regulations are included in local spatial development plans.