The sustainable development concept assumes that the development of civilization, technology, and economy must proceed in a manner which makes it possible to reconcile the requirements of environmental protection with sensible use of natural resources.
The current environmental law imposes environmental protection obligations on all business entities while also providing for a system of incentives to use environmentally friendly technologies and resources.
Gas-fired units are commonly used by the energy sector, industry and municipal utilities. Gas combustion processes involve a relatively low level of air pollution emissions in comparison with other fuels.
The use of natural gas as an input material and fuel in process furnaces ensures higher energy efficiency of a range of industry processes. Thanks to the application of modern technologies in newly opened or upgraded production facilities, companies are able to increase their production output while reducing emission levels.
The advantages of natural gas also make it a suitable fuel for vehicles. The use of compressed natural gas (CNG) is justified both from economic and environmental points of view. Currently, there are about 4.3 million of CNG-powered vehicles in the world and the segment is growing dynamically. In certain countries various mechanisms were established to support the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel. As at the end of 2011, there were around 2,200 CNG-powered vehicles in Poland and, as at the end of 2013, 25 PGNiG-owned stations, including 11 round-the-clock ones, offering CNG for vehicles.
In certain countries various mechanisms were established to support the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel. As at the end of 2006, there were around 1,000 CNG-powered vehicles in Poland and 23 PGNiG-owned stations offered CNG for vehicles. The current investment plan includes a budget for construction of new stations.