Environmental responsibility

Consistent reduction of our environmental footprint combined with business development has been the ORLEN Group’s long-standing priority.

To that end, all our business activities are carried out in a responsible manner, with due consideration for current and future environmental impacts. We are dedicated to carrying out our processes in an environmentally sustainable way.

The ORLEN Group’s environmental strategy objectives include:

  • Achievement of business strategies while protecting the environment;
  • Efficient waste management;
  • Consolidation and strengthening of our capabilities in environmental services;

Environmental measures taken by the ORLEN Group resulted mainly from new regulations connected with the implementation of Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on industrial emissions (Industrial Emission Directive – IED) into national environmental protection legislation in individual Member States (in Poland, the IED was implemented mainly through the amended Environmental Protection Law). They included investments aimed at reducing existing emissions (such as installation of low-emission burners and reduction of gas and dust emissions), as well as efficient waste management. Moreover, all of our service stations are equipped with the required devices preventing air emissions and contamination of soil.

The most important pro-environmental project completed at the Płock Production Plant was the construction of flue gas denitrification and dust removal units on individual boilers of the CHP plant in Płock, as well as construction of a flue gas desulfurisation unit for all boilers. As a result, all boilers currently in operation meet the required emission standards, and emissions from the new K8 boiler and upgraded boilers do not exceed the more stringent emission requirements. Fitting some of the boilers with nitrogen oxide and dust reduction units drove down emission levels by over 23% (for NOx) and 19% (for dusts). In 2015, a new flue gas desulfurisation unit will be placed in service, which will reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 90%. The upgraded boilers equipped with SCR, EF and FGD systems will facilitate meeting the new and more restrictive standards of the IED Directive which will come into force as of 2016.

Installation of the SCR/EF unit on boilers is part of the Green Energy Investment Programme launched in the CHP plant five years ago, and work is currently under way to install similar SCR units on other boilers of the CHP plant. Modernisation of the Fuels Pumping Station is also drawing to an end; the project will improve the quality of storage and pumping of various types of fuel. The last element of the Investment Programme will consist in building the TG7 turbine generator to increase electricity generation capacity; the project will be launched upon the completion of emission-reducing installations. This last stage of the Investment Programme is scheduled for completion next year.

In other companies of the ORLEN Group, we also implemented a range of projects aimed at reducing energy intensity of our processes and greenhouse gas emissions, and at preventing environmental pollution. The most significant projects in that area included the upgrade of burners in process furnaces at ORLEN OIL, reducing the consumption of fuel gas and harmful air emissions; installation of low-emission burners on boilers at ORLEN Lietuva; construction of a solar oil unit at IKS Solino necessary for salt leaching; and installation of a flue gas denitrification (DeNOx) unit on boilers in the T 700 power unit at Unipetrol RPA.

2014 was another year of the 3rd trading period under the EU GHG Emission Trading Scheme. Emission reports for all installations covered by the EU ETS across the ORLEN Group were reviewed by an independent auditor. In the first quarter of 2014, the Company obtained free CO2 emission allowances, pursuant to Article 10a of Directive 2003/87/EC, for 2013 and 2014. Effective management of CO2 emission allowances in Phase 3 of the EU ETS (2013-2020) allowed the ORLEN Group to offset its actual CO2 emissions from all installations covered by the system.

PKN ORLEN, as one of the signatories of the international Responsible Care Programme (RC), performed its obligations under the Responsible Care Framework Management System and all tasks related to the so-called HSE (Health, cvvSafety and Environment) triad. The RC Programme is also implemented at six ORLEN Group companies, and ORLEN Eko currently runs the Programme’s Secretarial Office in Poland.

To compensate for the use of natural environment, the ORLEN Group engaged in a number of environmentally-friendly projects, including the planting of trees and shrubs on the Company’s premises and in municipal areas in the City of Płock. For the fifteenth year running, we continued our efforts to restore the peregrine falcon population. The Company also planted trees on a playground and built the ‘Peregrine Falcon’ educational trail.

In 2012−2014, companies of the ORLEN Group were engaged in various activities aimed at reducing the impact of their operations on the environment, including:

  • Construction of a drying plant for the residue from the wastewater treatment facility at the Anwil S.A. Water and Wastewater Management Plant, which enables the sewage sludge that remains after biological wastewater treatment to be utilised. Furthermore, the flue gas from the cogeneration unit, to be fuelled by the biogas obtained in the process of anoxic treatment of the wastewater from the PTA Plant, will serve as a source of heat;
  • Construction and start-up of a central hazardous and non-hazardous waste shredding facility at ORLEN Eko Sp. z o.o. to reduce the quantity of waste handed over for landfilling;
  • Construction of the K8 boiler with auxiliary infrastructure to reduce emissions from power generation at PKN ORLEN S.A;
  • Upgrade of burners in H-101 and H-201 process furnaces at ORLEN OIL, which reduced the consumption of fuel gas and led to lower air emissions;
  • Design of natural gas supply systems for ORLEN Lietuva, installation of burners with low NOx emissions on OD-1, LK-1 and KR-303 boilers, and installation of the Burner Management System (BMS), which reduced air emissions levels;
  • Construction of a solar oil unit at the Góra Salt Mine and Underground Crude Oil and Fuel Storage Facility, which secured the ceiling of the cavern storing oil used for salt leaching at IKS Solino S.A;
  • Construction of DeNOx flue gas denitrification units on K15, K17, K18 and K19 boilers of the T 700 CHP unit at Unipetrol RPA, s.r.o.;
  • Upgrade of oil scrubbing units at ORLEN Asfalt Sp. z o.o., increasing the efficiency of post-oxidation gas cleaning;