Climate responsibility

The ORLEN Group is consistently implementing the objectives of its ORLEN 2030 business strategy and sustainable development strategy in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. A vital element of these efforts is investment in modern technologies supporting all business areas of the ORLEN Group. As we develop our business in a sustainable way, we recognise the growing importance of low-carbon technologies in environmental protection and in building competitive advantage.


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Reducing our environmental footprint and climate impact has long been one of the ORLEN Group’s top priorities. Our approach to management is based on the principles of corporate social responsibility and takes into account environmental criteria. We aim for sustainable development and we report the results of our environmental protection efforts.

Governance around environmental and climate-related issues

The Environmental Protection Office is involved in PKN ORLEN’s environmental protection activities and ensures that they are carried out in compliance with the law. The responsibilities of the Environmental Protection Office include:

  • Coordinating activities designed to implement identified legal requirements for obtaining required environmental permits;
  • Carrying out environmental monitoring activities on PKN ORLEN’s sites;
  • Supervising activities related to air quality analysis, including operation of the Company’s Environmental Inspection System;
  • Coordinating and taking responsibility for activities related to monitoring, reporting and securing free CO2 emission allowances;
  • Environmental reporting in accordance with the legal requirements and calculating and paying environmental charges;
  • Issuing opinions and agreeing on environmental aspects of all development plans, investment, upgrade and maintenance projects at the ORLEN Group;
  • Participating in environmental inspections of PKN ORLEN facilities carried out by external and internal authorities;
    • Cooperating with public administration authorities with regard to formal and legal arrangements and fulfilment of obligations imposed by such authorities;
  • Cooperating with environmental protection services of ORLEN Group companies, supervising the activities of ORLEN Eko;
  • Supervising the scope and progress of remediation work at PKN ORLEN’s facilities; consulting and coordinating such activities at other ORLEN Group companies;
  • Implementing and maintaining the leak detection and repair system (LDAR) at the Płock production plant and the PTA plant in Włocławek;
  • Contributing to PKN ORLEN’s positive image through environmental education and protection of biodiversity. Our environmental objectives are set out in the Integrated Management System Policy.

Key ORLEN Group companies also have Integrated Management Systems or Environmental Management System Policies in place, incorporating a commitment to protect the environment, which includes preventing pollution, and hold all permits required by law for their operations.

Environmental initiatives are also carried out by the Water and Wastewater Management Office and the Power Generation Area.

Responsibilities of the Water and Wastewater Management Office at PKN ORLEN include:

  • Managing operations in the area of production of water, collection and treatment of wastewater from the Płock production plant’s site, and coordinating the water and wastewater management activities at the ORLEN Group;
  • ciągEnsuring continuity of production and distribution of different water types and collection and treatment of wastewater;
  • Ensuring compliance with environmental standards, legal regulations, and permits while maintaining continuity of water production and wastewater collection at the Płock production plant.

Responsibilities of the Power Generation Area include:

  • Implementing strategic projects relating to commercial and industrial power generation and renewable energy sources, i.e. wind, sun, biomass;
  • Developing offshore wind projects in the Baltic Sea;
  • Trading in heat, electricity and property rights in certificates of origin for electricity;
  • Producing and distributing heat and electricity;
  • Ensuring compliance with environmental standards, legal regulations, and permits while maintaining continuity of power generation in its area;
  • Coordinating hydrogen projects implemented at the ORLEN Group, seeking synergies in the process of creating a strategic hydrogen system;
  • Supervising over standardisation of hydrogen systems at the ORLEN Group with respect to process, technological and technical parameters;
  • Developing electromobility at the ORLEN Group.

In the Strategy Area, the Sustainable Business Development Department was created, with responsibility for:

  • Coordinating and supervising activities related to the decarbonisation programme, in particular support to ORLEN Group companies;
  • Creating sustainable development strategies reflecting ESG criteria;
  • Promoting new sustainability projects at the ORLEN Group;
  • Working with investors on sustainable development;
  • Conducting analyses related to long-term conditions for sustainable development of the ORLEN Group.
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For information on compliance with the TCFD recommendations, see the `TCFD Table`. section.

Management of environmental issues is carried out through the implementation of policies and procedures that are described in the section `Policies and internal organizational acts`.

Sustainability, Taxonomy and climate transition

The management of climate change risks and opportunities falls within the remit of the President of the Management Board, who is the direct superior of the Executive Director for Strategy, Innovation and Investor Relations, overseeing the work of the Sustainable Business Development Department. Sustainable development plays an important role in the process of building a multi-utility group and implementing the ambitious agenda under the ORLEN Group Strategy 2030. The new business strategy is a response to the changes in our environment driven by the global climate crisis. It enhances resilience of our business models to climate change and its consequences across the value chain. Over the next decade, PKN ORLEN will allocate approximately PLN 30 billion to sustainability projects, including new business models. Within ten years, PKN ORLEN is going to implement more than 60 projects increasing the energy efficiency of its existing production assets. The new refining and petrochemical projects will use the best and most emission-efficient technologies. PKN ORLEN also intends to strengthen its position as a regional leader in biofuels by implementing five significant investment projects related to the manufacturing of biofuels such as HVO, co-HVO, UCOME, lignocellulose bioethanol and bio-methane, The projects are expected to increase biofuel output by some 500 thousand tonnes annually by 2030.

In 2021, the Management Board of PKN ORLEN adopted the ORLEN Group Sustainable Development Strategy for 2021–2023. The new strategy is centred on three areas of ESG management: Environmental, Social and Governance, and six strategic pillars. In the Environmental area, we focus on climate, climate risk management and effective implementation of raw material management practices. In the Social area, the focus is on local communities as a permanent and valuable source of inspiration for our CSR initiatives. In cooperating with our suppliers, we are going to use ORLEN’s influence to promote sustainability principles in value chains. The goal is to extend our product responsibility to cover the entire product life cycle, including the raw materials used, product development, manufacturing and use, and then its recycling. We seek to engage our customers and promote responsible consumption patterns among them. The Governance area focuses on developing solutions that facilitate incorporation of ESG principles into ORLEN’s management systems, appropriate and transparent reporting, ethics and organisational values. The most significant and complex ESG initiatives have been reflected in the remuneration policy, in which MBO objectives were included both at the level of the Management Board and at the appropriate level of management.

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Decarbonisation strategy

Climate change poses a significant challenge to PKN ORLEN and the ORLEN Group companies. PKN ORLEN has addressed this challenge by announcing in September 2020, as the first fuel company in Central Europe, an intention to achieve net zero carbon footprint by 2050. In furtherance of this goal, the Group aims to reduce carbon emissions from its existing refining and petrochemical assets by 20% and cut down carbon emissions per megawatt-hour of electricity by 33% by 2030.

Our net zero emissions strategy is based on four pillars: energy efficiency in production, zero-carbon power generation, fuels of the future, and green finance.

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In 2021, climate issues were discussed at 21 meetings of the PKN ORLEN Management Board (about 40 topics) and at 22 meetings of the PKN ORLEN Supervisory Board (about 32 topics, including about 6 topics at 5 meetings of the CSR Committee and about 6 topics at 6 meetings of the Strategy and Development Committee).

Decarbonisation strategy activities completed in 2021

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Green and sustainable funding for the ORLEN 2030 Strategy

Second tranche of sustainability bonds

In March 2021, PKN ORLEN issued the second tranche of 10,000 Series D unsecured sustainability bonds with a total nominal value of PLN 1,000,000,000, bearing interest at a fixed rate which will depend on the ESG rating from MSCI ESG Research (UK) Limited or its legal successor or an alternative ESG rating. The rating measures the Company’s susceptibility to material risks related, in particular, to its performance in terms of environmental, social and governance practices, as well as management of those risks. The interest rate applicable to the first interest period is 2.875% per annum. It will remain so or may be changed by 0.1% or 0.2% per annum in subsequent interest periods, depending on the ESG rating, in accordance with the Terms and Conditions. The Company will use proceeds from the bond issue for general corporate purposes, including the achievement of the ESG objective, which is to sustain or improve the Company’s rating from MSCI ESG Research (UK) as assigned at the bond issue date.

Green Eurobonds issue

In May 2021, PKN ORLEN completed the issue of 5,000 bonds with a total value of EUR 500 million, under the EMTN program. This PKN ORLEN’s and Poland’s first benchmark issue of seven-year geen Eurobonds attracted huge investor interest. As many as 234 subscriptions for a total amount of nearly EUR 3bn were made during the book-building process.This means that PKN ORLEN’s Green Bonds were six times oversubscribed relative to the issue size. 5,000 Eurobonds were allotted to 182 investors from 26 countries, With the majority subscribed for by forein investors on international markets. In the end, green Eurobonds were allocated to 182 investors from 26 countries, with the largest share held by investors from Central Europe (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) – 44% and Poland – 23%. Many international asset management funds participated in the issue, including a large number of the greenest ones.As much as 62% of the bonds was subscribed by funds investing mainly in green assets (so-called green investors).

PKN ORLEN’s Green Eurobonds were issued under a Euro Medium-Term Note (EMTN) programme with a total value of up to €5 bn. It was the first benchmark issue of Green Eurobonds placed by a Polish company. The issue proceeds will be used to finance green projects implemented by the ORLEN Group, including building and acquisition of new RES production capacities, further development of a network of fast chargers for electric cars and fuelling infrastructure for hydrogen buses and cars, as well as the development of waste recycling facilities.

It was also the first Polish Green Eurobond issue carried out by a non-financial firm, which received a Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) certificate, confirming the application of good market standards in terms of climate integrity, transparency and use of proceeds from the issue. A CBI certificate also confirms that projects financed from the issue proceeds contribute to the achievement of Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming to below 2°C and achieving zero emissions by 2050 at the latest

To ensure the possibility to issue Green Eurobonds, PKN ORLEN has developed and published on its website the so-called Green Finance Framework, laying down the principles for green and sustainable financing. The document defines the objectives of green financing and the types of investments to be financed from the Eurobond issue proceeds, i.e. the development of renewable energy sources, clean transport and countering environmental pollution, also by means of recycling. The pursuit of these goals, both in terms of deployment of issue proceeds and their environmental impact, will be subject to periodic (at least annual) review by an auditor of the ORLEN Group and reported by PKN ORLEN, until the Green Bonds redemption.

PKN ORLEN’s Green Finance Framework was also reviewed by Vigeo Eiris, a subsidiary of Moody’s Corporation, specialising in evaluation of issuers’ ESG performance. Vigeo Eiris issued an independent opinion for PKN ORLEN, based on the review, confirming compliance of PKN ORLEN’s Green Finance Framework with applicable international standards (Green Bond Principles and Climate Transition Finance Handbook).The Eurobonds have been registered with an international securities registration system operated by Euroclear Bank or Clearstream Banking. PKN ORLEN will apply for admission of the Eurobonds to trading on the regulated market – Euronext Dublin and the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The transaction was prepared in cooperation with BNP Paribas, ING Bank N. V., Bank Pekao S.A. and UniCredit Bank AG as Global Coordinators and Joint Book Runners, as well as with CaixaBank S.A. and SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Europe GmbH as Joint Book Runners. Legal counsel on the transaction was provided by White & Case LLP i White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. and Allen & Overy LLP I Allen & Overy, A. Pędzich sp. k. The issuer’s auditor was Deloitte Audyt Spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością Sp. k.

Key projects

International Hydrogen Scheme

PKN ORLEN has launched its Hydrogen Eagle programme, spanning Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Small reactors

In 2021, PKN ORLEN and Synthos signed a cooperation agreement to jointly develop and implement zero-carbon nuclear energy technologies based on micro and small modular reactors.

Green glycol

Poland’s first and Europe’s largest green propylene glycol production unit at its biorefinery in Trzebinia.

RES projects

Wind energy onshore, offshore in the Baltic Sea, photovoltaics, education.

Expansion of the Olefins Complex

The largest petrochemical project in Europe

Research and development

PKN ORLEN has launched a modern Research and Development Centre in Płock.

Development of biomethane production

A letter of intent signed with PGNiG provides for stepping up cooperation in the development of renewable energy sources.

Waste processing

New business line enabling management of plastic waste in an economically and environmentally effective way.

Photovoltaics programme

For years PKN ORLEN has consistently reduced its environmental impacts by investing in best available techniques in the area of environmental protection and following the principles of sustainable development. PKN ORLEN is fully aware of the challenges posed by the need to develop the alternative fuel sector. The changes taking place in the fuel market clearly indicate that hydrogen is going to be a readily accepted and widely used fuel. That is why PKN ORLEN has launched its Hydrogen Eagle programme, spanning Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Which is expected to allow the ORLEN Group to achieve annual hydrogen production capacity of approximately 50,000 tonnes by 2030. The programme provides for building six new hydrogen hubs powered by renewable energy sources: three in Poland, two in the Czech Republic and one in Slovakia, including an electrolysis plant powered with electricity generated by the Baltic Power offshore wind farm. The total target capacity of renewables-powered electrolysis plants will be approximately 250 MW. Hydrogen Eagle also envisages the construction of three innovative plants for converting municipal waste into low-carbon hydrogen, to be located in Płock and Ostrołęka in Poland and in the Czech Republic, as well as an international network of more than 100 hydrogen refuelling stations.

In accordance with its strategy until 2030 and in an effort to consistently strengthen its position on the alternative fuel market, PKN ORLEN took on the role of leader in the creation of the Mazovian Hydrogen Valley, a project intended to bring together several dozen entities with varying levels of experience in developing this technology. PKN ORLEN’s responsibilities will include establishing the project, defining its goals and preparing an operating strategy. A Hydrogen Valley is an area corresponding to a number of administrative regions which is to be the site of projects focusing on hydrogen applications for various areas of the economy In line with the EU Hydrogen Strategy, Hydrogen Valleys are to form a coherent European Hydrogen Ecosystem. Based on the draft Polish Hydrogen Strategy, at least five Hydrogen Valleys are to be created, To serve as centres for research, development and education on the implementation of hydrogen technologies in the economy. Currently, work is underway to establish five valleys: the Subcarpathian, Silesian, Lower Silesian, Greater Poland and Mazovian Hydrogen Valleys, with the latter serving as the central unit. Operation of the Mazovian Hydrogen Valley will be based on four pillars, which are expected to contribute to effective development and uptake of hydrogen technologies in Poland. The main pillar is building a value chain by implementing research and development projects, putting in place systematic solutions to train specialised personnel, and engaging in activities supporting regulatory processes.In cooperation with PESA Bydgoszcz, PKN ORLEN plans to purchase a modern locomotive that will be the first hydrogen-powered rail vehicle in Poland. This will be a major step towards large-scale use of zero-carbon hydrogen fuel in rail transport.

In 2021, PKN ORLEN and Synthos signed a cooperation agreement to jointly develop and implement zero-carbon nuclear energy technologies based on micro and small modular reactors (MMRs and SMRs). MMRs and SMRs are electricity generating units which, unlike traditional nuclear power plants, can reach a total capacity of up to 300 MW, are mass manufactured and delivered as a whole to a site to be installed. The mass manufacturing process makes it possible to achieve economies of scale and a relatively short construction time. Small and larger energy systems can be built, depending on the needs. The deployment configuration of SMRs can vary between standalone or multi-module plants, gradually placed in operation, making the entire project easier to finance.

In 2021, ORLEN Południe brought on stream Poland’s first and Europe’s largest green propylene glycol production unit at its biorefinery in Trzebinia. The unit has a capacityof 30,000 tonnes a year, enough to cover as much as 75% of the domestic demand for the product. This PLN 400m capex project will add over PLN 50m to the Group’s annual EBITDA. An integral part of the complex is Poland’s first hydrogen hub.
Green glycol is a high-margin bio-based product that is clean and environmentally safe. It is used for a wide range of applications, including in medicine, cosmetics, and the food industry. It can also be used in aviation as an anti-icing and de-icing agent for aircraft. ORLEN Południe will produce 30,000 tonnes of green glycol a year, An impressive 10,000 tonnes more than Europe’s only unit of this type located in Belgium.

The selection of Northland Power Inc. of Canada as a partner for PKN ORLEN’s offshore wind farm is a milestone in this pioneer project on the regional scale. By combining PKN ORLEN’s local experience gained in the course of development work on the project, which is now well advanced, with Northland Power’s global know-how, we will be well placed to quickly and effectively deliver subsequent stages of this venture. We have found a partner whose business model and vision for energy transition are in line with the ORLEN Group’s long-term plans.The cooperation will provide a major growth stimulus for the offshore industry, including Polish companies along the supply chain. Cooperation with Northland Power Inc. is to involve the development, construction and operation of a wind farm with a target capacity of up to 1.2 GW. Start of the project construction is scheduled for 2024, and its commissioning is planned in 2026.

Major developments in the area of renewables also include new projects in the Poznań region. Construction of a 20 MW PV Gryf solar photovoltaic farm owned by the ORLEN Group’s Energa has commenced near the Przykona Wind Farm (Province of Poznańthat has been in operation since July 2020. The Gryf farm is yet another project built within the premises of the former Adamów lignite mine in the Przykona commune. This location is important as it uses existing transmission infrastructure. The land owned by Energa in the Przykona commune has great investment potential – According to estimates, assets with a total capacity of about 160 MW can be built on this 300 ha site.

The Kanin wind farm, located in the Szczecin province, has added 20 MW to the ORLEN Group’s renewable Energy portfolio. Operating since 2012, the farm was purchased by PKN ORLEN from two foreign investment funds – Stage Capital and Mashav Energia. The acquisition was in line with the ORLEN 2030 business strategy , which provides for strong development of zero-carbon power generation, both through construction of own capacities and acquisition of already operating assets.

Three onshore wind farms with a total capacity of approximately 90 MW will be added to the renewable energy portfolio of the ORLEN Group. The Company signed an agreement to purchase wind farms operating in the Pomerania region from Spanish investment funds. Following the acquisition, the ORLEN Group has 353 MW of installed wind power capacity in Poland and is the fifth largest player on that market.

Five ORLEN Group companies involved in energy projects on the Baltic Sea signed a sectoral agreement. The document, being the outcome of work of the government administration, investors, companies, institutions and organisations taking part in the development of the Polish offshore wind power sector, sets the growth directions for this industry in Poland. In accordance with the adopted assumptions, the signatories will seek to ensure maximum participation of Polish companies in offshore wind power projects. The expected share of local content in projects to be executed as part of the first phase is 20–30% of their total value. This share is to increase to at least 45% for projects to be executed by 2030, and at least 50% for projects after 2030.

PKN ORLEN has engaged with the Maritime University of Szczecin, Gdynia Maritime University and Gdańsk University of Technology to cooperate in education and research on offshore wind energy. The cooperation is to include innovative research, analytical and scientific initiatives related to the development of offshore wind power generation in Poland. In addition, starting from the academic year 2021/2022, the Maritime University of Szczecin, in collaboration with PKN ORLEN, launched an offshore wind power engineering programme. Its graduates will gain technical knowledge necessary to work on the development and operation of wind farms that will soon be built on the Baltic Sea.

PKN ORLEN has invested in the expansion of the Olefins Complex at the Płock production plant, the largest petrochemical investment project in Europe in the last 20 years. The Olefins 3 Complex will be built using state-of- -the-art technologies to ensure, among others, greater energy efficiency, including a 30% reduction of CO2 emissions per tonne of the product.In view of the rising CO2 prices, this will directly improve the competitiveness of the Płock production plant. The project is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2024 and production launch is planned for early 2025. The petrochemical products manufactured in the Olefins Complex will be the basis for producing all kinds of everyday items, such as cleaning, hygiene and medical products, as well as synthetic fibres for the production of protective clothing and masks. They will also be used to produce car parts, components of household appliances and electronic devices, etc.

PKN ORLEN has launched a modern Research and Development Centre in Płock. Worth around PLN 184 m, the project is in line with the ORLEN 2030 business strategy objectives of increasing investment in research, development and innovation. For PKN ORLEN, it is a major step towards more effective development of new technologies and products, building its own know-how, and obtaining patents for innovative solutions. Innovative projects developed by the Centre will fully rely on the potential of Polish scientific institutions. According to the ORLEN 2030 business strategy, over the next 10 years the Company is to allocate 10% of its total investment pool, i.e. at least PLN 3 billion, to investments in this area, including new mobility, hydrogen, recycling, research and development, and digitalisation. PKN ORLEN views this as an investment in the future.

A letter of intent signed with PGNiG provides for stepping up cooperation in the development of renewable energy sources. The companies plan to establish a special purpose vehicle to invest in the creation of a network of biomethane plants. The modern plants would convert agricultural substrates, waste and processing industry residues into environmentally friendly biomethane, which could be used in industry or in the energy sector. The project would be in line with the ORLEN 2030 strategy objectives of developing lowand zero-carbon power generation. ORLEN Południe purchased two plots of land in Głąbowo, in the municipality of Ryn, taking over an agricultural biogas plant project started on the property. The company will continue construction of the project, developing it into a biomethane plant capable of producing approximately 7 mcm of biogas per year. PKN ORLEN is analysing the possibility of using agricultural biomass derived from the production of sugar and cereal products and processing it into high-margin petrochemical products, biomethane and hydrogen. The Company has signed a letter of intent to cooperate with the sugar production company Krajowa Spółka Cukrowa. The project would be in line with the ORLEN 2030 strategy objectives of developing green petrochemicals and alternative fuels.

In line with its strategy until 2030, PKN ORLEN wants to develop a new business line enabling management of plastic waste in an economically and environmentally effective way. The Company has signed a letter of intent and a feasibility study agreement with a leading provider of technology and engineering services as its partner to analyse the possibility of using the innovative Hydro-PRTSM technology in implementing chemical plastic recycling projects. The projects would help the Group to pursue the objectives of circular economy and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. PKN ORLEN is also considering processing of municipal waste into raw materials that would be used to manufacture petrochemical and refinery products and intermediates in a modern and environmentally friendly facility.

The Company has signed a letter of intent with the City of Plock and Przedsiębiorstwo Gospodarowania Odpadami of Płock (waste management company) as prospective supplier of the waste. The joint initiative would be the first project in Poland to fully implement the principles of circular economy.

The ORLEN Group is going to generate green energy from the sun. Development of renewable energy sources (RES) is an element of PKN ORLEN’s energy strategy. The end of 2019 saw the launch of the Group’s solar photovoltaics programme, which will involve the development and coordination of solar PV projects across the ORLEN Group. In its initial stage, the Group selected six locations satisfying the relevant technical criteria for potential installation of PV units, and signed contracts with a supplier to provide project documentation for the solar PV farms. The development of renewable energy projects is also the responsibility of Energa Green Development, a company of the Energa Group established in 2021, whose operations will focus on preparing new projects, from the phase of developing the project concept and obtaining legal title to land, through the design work, to obtaining the building permit. The projects are in line with the ORLEN 2030 strategy objectives of developing the ORLEN Group mainly based on zero- and low-carbon energy sources.

Familiarize yourself with our ambitions to develop new business models and KPIs until 2030 in the `Strategic growth directions for the business segments` section.

For information on climate risks, see the `Climate change risks` section.


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Operations of the Płock production plant are regulated under integrated permits, which cover all units, i.e. the refinery, petrochemical plant, central wastewater treatment facility, CHP plant and CCGT unit. PKN ORLEN also holds the required permits and has made relevant submissions necessary for the operation of the PTA and CCGT units in Włocławek and the Research and Development Centre in Płock.

The permits define emission limits which are safe for the environment and human health and whose observance is subject to monitoring.

Emission volumes from 22 of the plant’s emitters are measured on an ongoing basis; measurements from the other emitters are taken periodically. In addition, PKN ORLEN has a modern automated air quality monitoring station fitted with state-of-the-art instruments, which constantly measures the concentrations of selected substances in the air. The station is part of the State Monitoring System, with the readings automatically transmitted to the Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection in Warsaw (GIOŚ) and posted on the Inspectorate’s public website. Integrated permits and sector permits need to be updated on an ongoing basis in order to keep up with the evolving legal environment and business needs.

In 2021, an amendment to the decision approving the monitoring methodology plan for PKN ORLEN units was obtained, granting permits for greenhouse gas emissions from the refinery and ethylene oxide and glycol units. Furthermore, an amendment to the decision of the Marshal of the Province of Bydgoszcz was obtained, granting PKN ORLEN an integrated permit for the 460 MW CCGT unit in Włocławek regarding compliance with BAT conclusions for large combustion plants (LCP) and an integrated permit for the PTA terephthalic acid production unit regarding waste processing and compliance with BAT conclusions for LVOC. PKN ORLEN secured a new decision of the Director of the Regional Water Management Authority in Gdańsk granting PKN ORLEN a water-law permit to discharge industrial wastewater containing substances particularly harmful to the aquatic environment from the terephthalic acid unit at the PTA Plant in Włocławek into the sewage system belonging to ANWIL.

109 water-law permits/strong>were obtained altogether for PKN ORLEN service stations and fuel terminals in 2021. Environmental compliance of the ORLEN Group’s activities last year was verified by the Płock and Włocławek Branches of the Provincial Inspectorate of Environmental Protection and Polish Waters State Water Management Agency, which carried out nine inspections nine inspections four instances of non-compliance. Following corrective measures, the company applied for an amendment to the integrated permit regarding the operating hours of certain emitters. Another case of non-compliance was remedied by updating the method of presentation and reporting of the results of measurements made in connection with the operation of the central wastewater treatment plant. Moreover, the scope of groundwater monitoring was adjusted to match that specified in the integrated permit, and organisational measures were implemented to ensure proper supervision of data entered into the continuous air emission measurement system for the CCGT unit in Płock.

A total of 31 inspections were completed within the regional structures of PKN ORLEN (fuel terminals and service stations) by competent environmental authorities. Three follow-up orders were issued as a result of the inspections, imposing certain requirements regarding water and sewage management and the need to update the notification for service station facilities. The requirements were fulfilled.

In 2021, 75 environmental inspections were carried out at ORLEN Group companies, resulting in 11 follow-up orders. The most important ones concerned the cleanup of contamination on the Baltic Sea resulting from failure of ORLEN Lietuva’s oil pipeline, bringing VOC emissions from the hydrogen production unit of the Mažeikiai refinery to the permitted level, and extension of the integrated permit regarding the type of substances present in the wastewater discharged to the environment from the oil terminal in Būtingė. Energa Kogeneracja was obliged to establish a new, extended range of parameters of fuels burned in the Żychlin CHP plant to ensure compliance with the applicable emission limits. ORLEN Południe was obliged to clean non-operated wastewater collection and pretreatment facilities and record waste generated.

As a result of inspections carried out by competent administrative bodies, ORLEN Unipetrol was fined EUR 7,800 for exceeding dust emission limits from the fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit at the Kralupy refinery following a dust collector failure. ORLEN Lietuva was charged penalties totalling EUR 170 for VOC emissions and phthalates in wastewater.

Environmental fees and charges

Under the EU law, an entity using the natural environment and discharging substances to the environment is required to pay relevant fees and charges pro rata to the type and scale of its environmental impact. In Poland, environmental fees and charges are governed by the Environmental Protection Law.The ORLEN Group companies must pay fees for waste storage and gas and dust emissions from its process units, and fugitive emissions, for example from disinfectants used to prevent and reduce transmission of COVID-19. In addition, under the Water Law Act, the ORLEN Group companies pay fees for withdrawal of underground and surface water and for discharge of effluents to water and soil.

In 2021, the companies paid environmental fees for air emissions, water withdrawal, discharge of effluents, and storage of waste in own landfills in a timely manner.

Therefore, there were no additional payments resulting from failure to correctly calculate the fees or to meet the payment deadline. Increased fee rates for water services were charged in connection with occasional non-compliance with the quality standards for sanitary wastewater discharged to the environment from PKN ORLEN service stations. To prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future, upgrades to the wastewater treatment systems are underway at distribution facilities.

As a result of protracted administrative procedures for the issuance of water permits, increased fee rates were also charged by the Polish Waters State Water Management Agency in respect of five service stations due to the lack of the permits.

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