ORLEN ORLEN Group 2017
Integrated Report

Environmental Responsibility


Reducing the environmental footprint has long been one of our top priorities. PKN ORLEN is aware of its environmental impact and reports the results of its environmental protection efforts. The ORLEN Group cares about sustainable development in the course of its business, in keeping with the precautionary principle. Our environmental objectives are set out in the Integrated Management System Policy.

Most of our environmental projects carried out in 2017 involved adaptation of plant and process units to new environmental requirements and standards defined in the EU regulations and BAT Conclusions. These efforts included administrative work to have the terms of the integrated permits for the Group’s plants amended, as well as capex projects related to the production plant and equipment. The key initiatives undertaken in 2017 included start of work on the implementation of the leakage detection and repair (LDAP) system, optimisation of the fugitive emissions balancing method, and bringing refinery units in line with the more stringent legal requirements for air emissions. Other environmental protection measures taken included installation of continuous emission measurement systems and flow meters on flare stacks. Also in 2017, a CCGT unit was placed in operation in Włocławek as a high-efficiency and low-emission electricity and heat generation source.

Moreover, a wildlife survey was carried out on the premises of the production plant in Płock and in adjacent areas. Field investigations and research studies provided information on the flora and fauna and helped identify areas of natural value and sites for environmental compensation projects.

The most important projects carried out at the other ORLEN Group companies included preparatory work to execute tasks related to the implementation of BAT Conclusions for refinery units at the Group companies, including installation of CEMS for continuous measurements of SO2, NOx, CO and FCC regenerator dust at ORLEN Lietuva, construction of flare stack at Paramo in the Czech Republic to reduce air emissions of volatile organic compounds, and installation of analyser for continuous measurement of NOx levels at FCC in Kralupy. In addition, the rolling stock of ORLEN KolTrans was modernised – locomotives equipped with modern engines meeting the applicable emission standards and featuring optimised fuel consumption were purchased. Also, a wastewater treatment plant at ORLEN Południe's Trzebinia production plant was constructed and the sewage system and DeNOx unit were reconstructed at Unipetrol.

The ORLEN Group companies participating in the Responsible Care Programme (RC) continued the project. In line with its principles, the obligations defined in the Responsible Care Framework Management System were fulfilled, tasks declared for 2017 were performed, and the following initiatives were undertaken: ‘Catch the Hare' photo competition, ‘I Care for the Environment’ campaign, and ‘A Tree for a Bottle − the New Edition’ project. Furthermore, the 25th anniversary of the Responsible Care in Poland was celebrated by holding a competition devoted to the knowledge of the Programme. In 2017, PKN ORLEN also celebrated its 20 years of participation in Responsible Care.

In addition, PKN ORLEN took part in various projects promoting knowledge in the field of environmental protection and community outreach initiatives, continued its involvement in the ‘Peregrine Falcon Restitution in Poland’ programme, and made available on its website a guide dedicated to motorists visiting the Group’s service stations: ‘Drive Towards Environmentally Friendly Solutions’ (‘Kieruj się na eko’), compiled as part of best practices.

Circular economy

Transition towards circular economy relies on gradual abandonment of natural resources and preservation of resources that already exist in the European economy. The measures taken are to help “close the loop” in the life cycle of products by increasing the scale of recycling and re-use, both of which are beneficial to the environment and the economy. Circular economy processes seek to ensure that all resources, products and waste are made maximum use of, to save energy and reduce emissions.

The idea of circular economy is based on seven pillars:

  1. Materials – increased use of renewable materials, optimum use of resources, gradual departure from use of new raw materials which are becoming scarce in Europe.
  2. Design – the most important element of the cycle, aimed at ensuring material efficiency, energy efficiency, and the possibility of recycling products.
  3. Sustainable production – reduced environmental footprint as a competitive advantage.
  4. Distribution – minimisation of losses, returnable packaging, single-material packaging, etc.
  5. Consumption – consumer or user, longer life cycle of products – return of repair, regeneration and bioremediation.
  6. Collection – selective waste collection to guarantee high quality of waste.
  7. Recycling – development of innovative methods of turning waste into resources.

The ORLEN Group subscribes to the circular economy strategy and joins in sustainable production efforts, including maximum use of resources and recovery of materials.

The ORLEN Group has implemented ISO environmental protection standards. We operate an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certified by Bureau Veritas Certification. The certificate, valid until September 14th 2018, is a proof of the achievement of a maximum neutral impact on our immediate environment and a reduced environmental impact of our processes. PKN ORLEN has biomass and biofuel production certified under the ISCC EU system, which confirms compliance with standards of sustainable use of renewable energy sources. ISCC aims to protect the biosphere, ensure rational land management, promote sustainable social development, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. An ISO 50001 Energy Management System was implemented at the production plant in Płock, PTA plant in Włocławek, office buildings in Płock and Włocławek, terminals and service stations, in order to increase energy efficiency, which will ultimately lead to lower costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.