ESG Report of the
ENEA Capital Group for 2020

General rules of managing our environmental impact

We are fully aware how energy production and distribution affects the state of the environment, including the climate, and consequently the life quality of all the people.

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Therefore, in a well-thought-out manner, we implement further solutions allowing for monitoring and minimizing our greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants and we rationally manage our natural resources. We also make sure that our mining and generation activities do not endanger biodiversity and continuity of environmental processes.

Key areas of ENEA Group’s environmental impact

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emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants associated with combustion of energy producing materials

withdrawal and discharge of considerable quantities of water from the Vistula river for cooling purposes

production of combustion waste (ash, slag)

production of large quantities of mining waste

subsidence of land caused coal mining using the top coal caving method, which may lead to degradation of agricultural land

impact of the mining operations on water management (among others discharge of mineralized mine water to the Świnka river)

impact of linear construction projects on ecosystems and landscape of the neighboring agricultural and forest areas

disruption of the morphological continuity of rivers through the use of damming of water for hydroelectric purposes

impact related to the transportation of raw materials (exhaust fumes, noise, dust)

All the above impacts are monitored and mitigated by the environmental protection units in mining and generating companies. Where necessary, remediation actions are taken or compensations are paid out (e.g. compensation for lost crops).

The ENEA Group has in place a number of policies and procedures referring to environmental matters. This area has also been taken into account in the ENEA Group’s rules of conduct as defined in the ENEA Group Code of Ethics. In line with it, the Group:

  • cares for the natural environment and takes all actions necessary to protect it, regardless of the place and type of performed operations,
  • uses natural resources and energy reasonably,
  • strives for ensuring proper natural environment protection, observing the provisions of the generally applicable law, as well as internal regulations,
  • joins actions and actively participates in educational campaigns for environmental protection and development of environmental awareness,
  • takes actions to prevent any breakdowns that may be dangerous for the natural environment.

The commitment to sustainable development and natural environment is also embedded in the ENEA Group Compliance Policy, which among others requires us to:

  • take actions to minimize emissions of pollutants and to ensure reasonable management of natural resources,
  • undertake initiatives to retain the balance between the Group’s operations and the natural environment,
  • carry out capital expenditures using environmentally friendly technologies,
  • support renewable energy sources,
  • cooperate with environmental organizations.

In turn, the ENEA Group Communication Policy contains provisions stating that the Group’s communication is conducted in a manner that promotes environmentally friendly values and that the Group’s sponsorship activities will focus, without limitation, on the domain of environmental protection.

In 2020, the ENEA Group had no separate document describing the climate policy applicable to all companies or a policy of adaptation to climate changes. As at the date of publication of the Statement, no binding decisions have been made in this matter, however, at the beginning of 2021, a decision was made that Marcin Pawlicki, Vice-President of the Management Board for Operational Matters, will be responsible for managing issues related to the impact exerted by the Group on the climate.

The individual companies have their own policies, procedures, instructions and regulations, which are suitable to their unique character, obligating them to protect the environment and use it in a sustainable manner, which are updated on an ongoing basis (in 2020, e.g. in connection with the amendment to the Waste Act). Some of the principles, e.g. ones setting out the requirements for handling the waste produced, must also be observed by external entities performing work on the sites of and for our companies. Additionally, the ENEA Group companies apply methodologies for monitoring and documenting specific environmental impacts and effects of their pro-environmental activities.

Selected due diligence policies, standards and procedures in the area of environmental management in ENEA Group companies

  • Environmental Policy
  • Policy of the Integrated Quality, Environmental and OHS Management System
  • Book of the Integrated Quality, Environmental and OHS Management System based on the requirements of the standards PN-EN ISO 9001:2015, PN-EN ISO 14001:2015 and PN-N-18001:2004/OHSAS 18001:2007
  • Procedure “Supervision over legal and other requirements”
  • Procedure “Identification and evaluation of environmental aspects”
  • Procedure “Environmental monitoring”
  • Procedure “Identification of potential accidents and emergencies and responding to their occurrence at ENEA Wytwarzanie sp. z o.o. at the Świerże Górne site”
  • Rescue plan in case of a threat to life and human health and property or the environment at ENEA Wytwarzanie sp. z o.o. in Świerże Górne (Kozienice Power Plant)
  • Procedure “Emergency preparedness and response at the Koronowo site”
  • Procedure “Goal management”
  • Procedure „Management review, analysis and improvement”
  • Other detailed procedures and instructions governing conduct setting out the principles of performing operations that impact the environment, monitoring, performing measurements and exercising metrological oversight over devices used to monitor the effects of environmental activity
  • Environmental Management System Policy and the following procedures based on this policy:
    • Supervision over documentation (SZŚ)
    • Supervision over records (SZŚ)
    • Process monitoring (SZŚ)
    • Goal management (SZŚ)
    • Internal audits (SZŚ)
    • Handling non-compliance – corrective actions (SZŚ)
    • Periodic evaluation of compliance with legal and other requirements (SZŚ)
    • Management review (SZŚ)
  • Procedure PŚ-4.3-01 “Identification of environmental aspects”
  • Procedure PŚ-4.4-01 “Responding to danger and failure”
  • Procedure PŚ-4.4-02 “Waste management”
  • Procedure PŚ-4.5-01 “System of monitoring and measuring parameters affecting the environment”
  • Quality instruction QI-7.5-11 “Program for prevention of severe industrial accidents relating to the storage and use of hazardous substances and materials at the Zachód Heat Plant”
  • Internal instructions on monitoring and reporting CO₂ emissions:
    • Instruction I-OŚ-01 “Management of records and documentation”
    • Instruction I-OŚ-02 “Determination of changes affecting the allocation of emission allowances for installations”
    • Instruction I-OŚ-03 “Calculation of CO₂ emissions”
    • Instruction I-OŚ-04 “Quality of the information system used for data flow activities”
    • Instruction I-OŚ-05 “Estimation of fuel consumption during a belt weigher breakdown”
    • Instruction I-OŚ-06 “Monitoring of outsourced processes”
    • Instruction I-OŚ-07 “Identification of installed devices used to determine data values”
    • Instruction I-OŚ-08 “Staff management for ETS purposes”
    • Instruction I-OŚ-09 “Evaluation of adequacy of the monitoring plan”
    • Instruction I-OŚ-10 “Management of data flow activities”
    • Instruction I-OŚ-11 “Implementing corrections and rectifying measures”
    • Instruction I-OŚ-12 “Supervision over metering equipment for monitoring CO₂ emissions”
    • Instruction I-OŚ-13 “Internal reviews and validation of data”
    • Instruction I-OŚ-14 “Uncertainty assessment”
    • Instruction I-OŚ-15 “Analysis of CO₂ emission monitoring risk”
    • Instruction I-OŚ-16 “Analysis of the risk of the PMM monitoring methodology plan”
    • Instruction I-OŚ-17 “Monitoring of basic data and audit activities related to the application for free allocation of CO₂ emission allowances”
  • Procedure “Monitoring CO₂ emissions in the Białystok CHP Plant”
  • Instruction on the organization of rescue operations at the site of ENEA Ciepło sp. z o.o. – Białystok CHP Plant Division
  • Policy of the Integrated Quality, Environmental and OHS Management System
  • Book of the Integrated Quality, Environmental and OHS Management System
  • Procedure “Goal management”
  • Procedure “Identification and evaluation of environmental aspects”
  • Procedure “Environmental monitoring”
  • Procedure “Identification of threats and responses to environmental emergencies at the Białystok CHP Plant”
  • Procedure “Prevention and mitigation of emergencies on the environment at the Białystok CHP Plant”
  • Procedure “Conduct in the event of environmental emergencies at the Białystok CHP Plant”
  • Procedure “Monitoring CO₂ emissions in the Białystok CHP Plant”
  • Instruction “Waste management”
  • Procedures referred to in the CO emissions monitoring plan
  • Environmental Policy
  • Company Environmental Pollution Bank Program SOZAT
  • Procedure for fulfillment of obligations towards entities financing the investments of ENEA Operator sp. z o.o.
  • Procedure for registering power devices containing at least 6 kg of SF6 gas and operations performed on them
  • Waste management at ENEA Oświetlenie sp. z o.o.
  • Procedure for identification and evaluation of environmental aspects 
  • Environmental monitoring procedure 
  • Environmental management program 
  • Policy of the Integrated Quality, Environmental and OHS Management System
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The activities of Group companies are conducted in strict compliance with the accepted internal regulations, general provisions of law as well as all permits and administrative decisions, such as the right to release emissions into air, decisions on environmental conditions of a permit to carry out a project, or water permits.

In 2020, ENEA Ciepło won the ECOLAUREL 2020 award from the Polish Ecology Chamber in the category of protection of the air and renewable energy sources and received an Eco-certificate awarded to institutions and individuals showing special care for the environment by organizers of the ECO FORUM International Congress


significant non-financial penalties or sanctions imposed on ENEA Group companies for non-compliance with environmental protection laws or regulations in 2020

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Supplier Environmental Assessment

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The ENEA Group Procurement Policy contains a rule that, when selecting suppliers of products and services, non-price criteria should be taken into account, including environmental factors such as energy efficiency of the subject of contract. However, bid evaluation criteria are defined individually for each tender procedure and selected environmental aspects are included only when deemed suitable for the subject of contract. At the same time, contracts with all our suppliers contain an undertaking to observe the provisions of the ENEA Group’s Code of Conduct for Contractors adopted in 2020, which contains our expectations, among others in respect to environmental protection.

In proceedings conducted by ENEA Operator for the supply of means of transport, CO₂ emission is one of the evaluation criteria. The Company has also adopted a rule that it rules out from proceedings any suppliers who are natural persons legally convicted for crimes against the environment under Article 181-188 of the Criminal Code.

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