Environment

PGNiG operations have some impact on the natural environment. However, the PGNiG Group strives to mitigate to the highest extent possible the adverse impact of its operations on the environment. The key duties of PGNiG defined in the 2005 Environmental Review include:

  • monitoring and reclamation of environmental pollution areas and tar pits,
  • liquidation of old workings,
  • liquidation of pits and wells,
  • reclamation of mining areas.

The company has undertaken efforts to assess soil and water pollution on a few dozen properties which were used for town gas (coke gas) production in the past. A number of soil, land and groundwater investigations have been carried out to determine whether the pollution exceeded allowable levels defined in relevant environmental quality standards. Results of the conducted sozological research will help define further steps to mitigate the adverse effect of the polluted areas on the environment.

As far as environmental protection is concerned, the reclamation of areas used for exploration investments carried out by the companies from the exploration segment was another key activity of the PGNiG Group in the year 2005. By doing so, these companies were trying to mitigate the adverse effect of their operations on the environment.  Using the leading edge technology of waste rock consolidation and drainage of waste drilling fluid made it possible to limit the impact of drilling waste on the environment. Some good ecological effects were achieved in terms of using drilling waste for reclaiming the working in Tarnogród.

In 2005, PGNiG branches and companies took part in consultations with the Ministry of Environment concerning the location of new NATURA 2000 network areas. The selection of particularly valuable wildlife areas and habitats of rare animal and bird species does not conflict with the current and future investment activities of PGNiG.

On January 1, 2005 the European Union adopted a new economic mechanism of air protection - the EU Emissions Trading System. As part of its business, PGNiG has introduced the administration of CO2 emissions allowances.

As a participant of the CO2 Emission Trading Scheme, the company obtained the following allowances:

  • Branch in Odolanów – combustion unit and technological gas heaters with an average yearly allowance of up to 13,400 MgCO2,
  • Branch in Zielona Góra – process and technological furnaces and technological combustion units at the Dębno production facility with an average yearly allowance of up to 35,900 MgCO2.

 

Environmental Management Systems

The promotion of environmental management systems in, among others, the State Environmental Policy for years 2003-2006 and common support for such a form of mitigating the adverse effects on the environment brings about entrepreneurs' growing interest in implementing environmental standards. In most entities within the PGNiG Capital Group an environmental management system in conformity with the PN-EN ISO 14001 standard, often integrated with other systems in areas such as quality management, occupational health and safety, and information security, was implemented, certified and maintained.

Since February 2009 an environmental management system has been in operation in the PGNiG SA Head Office. The system addresses the need to implement the company’s sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and environmental protection strategies. The declaration of environmentally friendly approach and operations has been incorporated into the Environmental Policy of the PGNiG SA Head Office for enterprise-wide adoption.

We have implemented an environmental management system in the PGNiG SA Head Office in order to:

  • conduct business in a transparent and environmentally effective way,
  • ensure that the business is conducted in compliance with environmental protection regulations,
  • raise employees’ environmental awareness,
  • minimize the adverse effect on the environment,
  • effectively manage failure risk,
  • reduce operating costs related to, for example, waste management and fuel, power and water use,
  • provide all stakeholders with environmental information.

Implementation of the environmental management system was co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment. For the development of infrastructure and environment.