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The year 2011 was marked by continuation of integrated activities of PKN ORLEN to protect the environment. Concern about the quality of the environment is manifested not only in continuous monitoring and efforts to minimise the impact of production as well as warehousing and distribution processes on natural environment. Environmental awareness of employees at every position plays a major role in such activities. The scale of the impact of the Company’s activities on individual components of environment is largely dependent on their everyday behaviour.

Pro-environmental actions are evidence of responsibility of the PKN ORLEN team for protection of the surrounding natural environment for the sake of present and future generations. This responsibility is reflected in various educational, investment and organisational activities to protect environment, which involve a wide circle of employees. Developed and published information in this scope has always attracted a great interest on their part.

A lot of environmental and production investments, carried out earlier, were completed in 2011, therefore funds spent for these purposes at the Production Plant in Płock were by 67% lower than in 2010. Expenditures on environmental investment projects at fuel stations and fuel terminals increased by over 72% as compared to 2010. Implementation of further important environmental investments in the scope of reduction of sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and dust will be initiated already in 2012.

A difficult challenge that the Company had to face in 2011 was to obtain new permits for greenhouse gas emissions for the facilities for production of organic chemicals in bulk (later referred to as chemical facilities), covered by the Community CO2 emission allowances trading scheme from 2013. Moreover, decisions for operating production facilities were obtained.

The most important of them include:

  • new water permit for discharge of sewage from the Production Plant in Płock,
  • decisions determining the manner of land and groundwater reclamation,
  • change of the integrated permit.

Change of the decision granting to PKN ORLEN an integrated permit, issued by the Marshal of the Masovian Voivodship, in the scope of increase of the amount of gas burnt at the CHP plant, allowed to reduce emission from the Production Plant in Płock by almost 2%, including carbon dioxide emission by 124,934 Mg, with increase of crude oil processed by 0.6% as compared to 2010.

Increase of about 3% was recorded in the volume of taken water, whereas of over 5% in the scope of wastewater discharged.

All parameters concerning the impact of the facilities remained within the limits specified in the integrated permits, which was confirmed by results of the inspection of the Regional Environmental Protection Inspectorate.

An important environmental project implemented last year was inclusion of all office and administration facilities at the Production Plant in Płock in the municipal waste sorting system. This contributed to increase of the volume of properly sorted municipal waste and to reduction of the volume of waste dumped at landfills. Implementation of the project in 2011 allowed to separate and obtain 11 tonnes of wastepaper, almost 5 tonnes of glass, 1.4 tonnes of plastic and nearly 1 tonne of used batteries.

Implementation of the IT tool for monitoring CO2 emissions from sources covered by the ETS was particularly important. The programme will allow to quickly provide reliable data regarding the volume of carbon dioxide emissions and to reduce the risk associated with decisions concerning trade in permits and active participation in the Community CO2 emissions trading scheme. The application being developed will ensure reliability and safety of data and will allow to connect the next units (facilities) participating in the scheme, both Polish and foreign ones.

In 2011 PKN ORLEN received the Certificate of implementation of the Framework Responsible Care Management System. The system is a European initiative, a new direction of the Responsible Care Programme, increasing its reliability. Based on the Deming cycle: Plan, Do, Check, Act, it supports the pursuit of continuous improvement. The certificate, in accordance with the guidelines of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), confirms that the Company operates in accordance with the highest international management standards in the scope of the so called HSE triad (Health, Safety and Environment). Among other ORLEN Group Companies implementing the Responsible Care Programme, the certificate is also held by Basell Orlen Polyolefins.

In 2011 PKN ORLEN undertook to fulfil 54 tasks within the framework of the Responsible Care Programme. Traditionally, the photo competition “Catch the Hare”, promoting the beauty of the surrounding environment, enjoyed great popularity. In the jubilee, fifth edition of the competition the works were awarded in three categories: life of plants, animal life and landscape and its elements. The competition comprises two stages. The local stage is organised by companies participating in the Responsible Care Programme. In 2011, it was organised, apart from PKN ORLEN, by the following Capital Group companies: ANWIL , Basell Orlen Polyolefins and Inowrocławskie Kopalnie Soli “Solino”. At the national stage of the competition the photos taken by employees of the Capital Group companies: ANWIL and Basell Orlen Polyolefins were awarded. Whereas distinctions were awarded to six employees of PKN ORLEN, two employees of ANWIL and one employee of Basel Orlen Polyolefins. All awardwinning and distinguished photos were presented in the 2012 calendar published by the Responsible Care Programme Secretariat.

Environmental protection has long ceased to be the domain of natural scientists. Therefore, synergistic cooperation of all business areas to develop an integrated model to reduce the impact of the Company on natural environment is of such importance, This awareness resulted in 2011 in numerous meetings, where environmental problems were discussed in a wide group, taking into account the scale and diversity of the impact of the Company. The meetings concerned: the Production Plant in Płock, regional structures and ORLEN Group companies.

PKN ORLEN operates in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, in compliance with specific environmental laws and principles of corporate social responsibility. In 2011, fulfilment of these assumptions was verified by the jury of the most important environmental competitions. PKN ORLEN received the title of the Polish Ecology Partner for contribution and ongoing work to improve the environment. The National Ecological Council in the 12th edition of the Environmentally Friendly competition, organised under the patronage of the President of Poland, awarded the same title also to the President of the Company’s Management Board. The award is one of the most coveted and prestigious awards related to environmental protection. It emphasizes activities for protection of environment and its laureates create a group of leaders promoting new environmental solutions, compliant with applicable European norms.

Initiatives undertaken by PKN ORLEN, aimed at minimising the impact of its activities and manufactured products on environment brought to the Company the title “Environmentally Responsible Business”. The award committee of the competition distinguished PKN ORLEN in the group of companies from the industry sector, conducting broad activities (investment, educational and informational) related to environmental protection.

Europejskie Forum Odpowiedzialności Ekologicznej (European Forum for Environmental Responsibility) “CERT” Sp. z o.o., after PKN ORLEN was twice awarded the title of the “Environmentally Friendly Company” (in 2009 and 2010) and obtained positive audit results, awarded the title “Ekostrateg” (Ecostrategist). Thus it appreciated the implemented environmental strategy, environmental efficiency management and fulfilment of legal requirements in the scope of environmental protection.

Apart from these titles, PKN ORLEN was awarded other distinctions: Eco-laurels of the Polish Chamber of Ecology (in the category: protection against noise for “Sound insulation of fans of boilers K4, K5, K6, K7 at the CHP Plant”) and European Responsible Care Awards 2011, awarded by the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) for social activities within the framework of the International Year of Chemistry (for the “Poczuj Chemię” (“Feel Chemistry”) project).

Numerous awards and prestigious titles not only solidify the environmental image and prove that PKN ORLEN is a responsible, professionally managed company, but at the same time they oblige the Company to undertake further efforts to improve environmental impact at present and in future.

Air Protection

Total emission of substances to air from PKN ORLEN in 2011 comprised emission of substances from the unit of the Production Plant in Płock and the unit for production of terephthalic acid of the PTA Plant in Włocławek (launched on 21 March 2011).

The emission to air in 2011 remained within the limits specified in the integrated permit.

In 2011, a slight drop in pollutant emission as compared to 2010 was reported at the Production Plant in Płock. This was largely due to activities of the CHP plant, where a significant increase of gas share in combusted fuel was observed. In 2011, the CHP plant used up more than twice the amount of gas as compared to the previous year, while decreasing tar consumption by 25%.

Summary of total, for the Production Plant in Płock and the PTA Plant in Włocławek, emission of selected substances in 2011

Pollutant type Emission amount [Mg] 2011
Sulphur dioxide 20,972,27
Nitrogen monoxide (as per nitrogen dioxide) 8,066,17
Carbon monoxide 1,582,00
Total hydrocarbons 1,204,68
Total dust* 590,90
Carbon dioxide 6,288 163,72
Other pollutants 185,78
Total pollutant emission excluding carbon dioxide 32,601,79
Total emission of all pollutants of PKN ORLEN 6,320 765,52

* Total dust, i.e. combustion dust, silica dust and metals in dust.

Main objectives fulfilled and challenges faced in 2011 in the area of environmental impact of PKN ORLEN

In 2011, all major objectives were fulfilled, including:

  • certification of the Framework Responsible Care Management System,
  • extension of waste sorting to all office and administration facilities at the premises of the Production Plant in Płock,
  • preparation of chemical facilities of the Production Plant in Płock and the PTA Plant in Włocławek for participation in the Community CO2 emission trading scheme,
  • ensuring the monitoring of environmental impact of fuel stations and fuel terminals,
  • development of the system for collection and reporting of information regarding fuel stations and fuel terminals,
  • initiation of the process of development of the environmental protection instruction for fuel stations.

Objectives and challenges in 2012

PKN ORLEN intends to continue strategic activities for the protection of natural environment. Key projects planned for 2012 include:

  • preparation of applications for change of the integrated permits for the units of the Production Plant in Płock and the PTA Plant in Włocławek, taking into account technological changes and optimisation of operating conditions of the units,
  • ensuring optimisation of costs of activities in the scope of land and groundwater reclamation,
  • improvement of the IT tool “CO2 emission monitoring system” (inclusion of new units from chemical facilities),
  • preparation of chemical facilities for monitoring of CO2 emissions in accordance with legal regulations,
  • obtaining eco agreements for implementation of investments adjusting the CHP Plant in Płock to the IED Directive requirements,
  • fulfilment of tasks under the “Responsible Care” Programme. In 2011, PKN ORLEN Capital Group companies undertook various projects to reduce their environmental impact.


  • implementation of the “Responsible Care” Programme,
  • construction of the 1.6 MPa medium-pressure steam boiler unit on line A of ammonia unit, which contributed to improvement of energy-efficiency of the ammonia production process and allowed to reduce CO2, NO2 and CO emissions,
  • construction of the airtight sealing system for storage tanks blowouts, connecting and directing them to hydrochloric recovery unit (eliminating dichloroethane emission to atmosphere from non-pressure storage tanks T 601, T603, T606),
  • optimisation of the number of wells at the brine transmission pipeline from IKS “Solino” to ANWIL (reducing the risk of brine discharge from the pipeline to environment).

Basell Orlen Polyolefins

  • regeneration and recycle of condensate to the system (reduction of the amount of produced wastewater),
  • measuring the amount of industrial and domestic wastewater at the Polyolefins III unit,
  • promotion of environmental attitudes and environmental education (“Clean the World” campaign, “Catch the Hare” photo competition and participation in organisation of the “Earth Day”).

ORLEN Centrum Serwisowe – servicing centre

  • sorting of waste other than municipal waste,
  • modernisation of the boiler house by replacing oil power with gas power (reduction of emission of substances to air),
  • purchasing new vehicles according to the EURO 4 and EURO 5 standards.


  • receiving the “Environmentally Friendly Company” certificate for environmental activities,
  • construction of the unit for shredding solid waste and its incineration at the Hazardous Waste Thermal Treatment Unit. ORLEN Lietuva
  • installation of K-1 boiler in the CHP plant (possibility to use gaseous fuel and reduce emissions to air from fuel combustion),
  • assembly of new efficient D-2 burners (reduction of fuel consumption).

ORLEN Transport

  • replacement of the fleet, purchasing tractor units with EURO 5 class (reduced CO2 emissions),
  • withdrawal from use of EURO 2 class tractor units.

Rafineria Nafty Jedlicze – refinery

  • modernisation of storage tanks stock (installing leak-proof platforms, double steel bottoms and installation of the leakage monitoring system) allowing to secure the soil against penetration of crude oil products,
  • modernisation of rail infrastructure, installing, among others, leak-proof concrete platforms (securing rail unloading and loading stations against penetration of raw materials and petroleum products to soil and groundwater),
  • construction of steam boiler water treatment unit (lower water and electricity consumption, reduction of generated waste).

Unipetrol RPA

  • successful re-certification of IMS systems and purchasing the right to use the Responsible Care logo,
  • construction of wastewater recycling station (reduction of water consumption),
  • reconstruction of drainage at the Steam Cracking unit (soil and groundwater protection against pollution),
  • rebuilding of industrial sewer system (securing against penetration of pollutants to soil).

ORLEN Automatyka

  • purchase of an electric transport vehicle (reduction of exhaust gas emission),
  • overhaul of a section of storm water drain (improved wastewater management).

ORLEN Deutschland

  • water treatment in car wash facilities (lower water consumption),
  • replacement of R-22 refrigerant in air conditioners (prevention of depletion of ozone layer),
  • fitting fuel stations with sewer system collecting effluents (reduced risk of discharge of crude oil derivatives to soil).


  • conducting informational campaign on waste management (“Environmentally friendly ORLEN Gaz Sp. z o.o.”). ORLEN Laboratorium
  • replacement of R-22 refrigerant in air conditioners in the Energy Water laboratory with ecological agent (prevention of depletion of ozone layer).


  • purchasing a special vehicle for cleaning sewage system, separators and collection of waste oil from ships (improved waste management).

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