ORLEN ORLEN Group 2017
Integrated Report

Environmental Regulations


ORLEN Group companies hold all permits required by law and in 2017 operated in compliance with their terms.

Integrated permits and sectoral permits need to be updated on an on-going basis in keeping with the evolving legal environment and business needs.

In 2017, new administrative and other decisions were obtained and certain existing decisions were amended. There were changes in legal status at:

  • PKN ORLEN, which received a decision amending the BAT compliance section of the integrated permit for the operation of the metathesis unit and production units of the Oils and Bitumens Unit.
  • ORLEN Lietuva, which received a decision amending the integrated permit and mandating compliance with the limits specifically set out in BREF REF documents.
  • Unipetrol’s Kralupy and Litvinov refineries, which had their integrated permits changed, with information on how BAT conclusion 57/58 should be met (the “bubble” approach to emissions management),
  • Paramo, which had its integrated permit changed to reflect BAT conclusion 55 – construction of a new flare stack in Pardubice.

In 2017, compliance of PKN ORLEN’s operations with the environmental laws was verified by Provincial Inspectorates of Environmental Protection (WIOŚ) during 46 inspections. Eleven post-inspection recommendations were issued, which were immediately implemented.

The other companies of the ORLEN Group were also inspected by state bodies for environmental protection, mainly the Environmental Protection Inspection Authority. The inspections focused on whether the environmental requirements imposed by regulations and administrative decisions were complied with. In 2017, 54 inspections were carried out at subsidiaries, with 20 post-inspection recommendations issued.
ORLEN Południe requested an inspection to be carried out to confirm the environmental effect of the completed investment projects.

The post inspection recommendations concerned reduction of odour emissions from technological processes, water and waste management, improvement of internal procedures for supervision of equipment containing f-gases, enhanced supervision of leakage control, and making entries in the documentation of equipment containing  f-gases.

PKN ORLEN companies submit PRTR reports, which contain information on the release and transfer of pollutants to the air, water and soil, as well as on waste transferred to specialised waste disposal contractors or to landfill sites.
The main role of the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) is to inform the public of the emissions and transfers of waste and pollutants outside the site where they were generated, to help prevent or reduce their release.