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Environmental impact

Environmental impact

Polenergia is responsible for protecting the environment and developing sustainable society to ensure the well-being of present and future generations. The Group has always implemented its project in conformity with the highest social, environmental and ethical standards.

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Polenergia meets the requirements of its stakeholders with respect to the environment, health and security areas, which includes the requirements of financial institutions (Equator Principles, IFC standards). By consciously selecting projects that are environmentally-friendly, it has been building the trust of banks and financial institutions. It complies with the local and European environmental protection law, analyzes the impact of the property development, construction and operating activity on the environment, maintains its emission limits and keeps accurate reporting.

Polenergia is engaged in environmental campaigns. In 2021, it took part, among others, in the UNEP GRID Green Ribbon for the Planet program, in which it rebuilt ecosystems, sowed honey meadows and planted several hundred trees. The Company also was active in the Gift for the Planet campaign, participating in the cleaning of the beach near the Sobieszewska Island. More details on the individual activities to support protection of the environment and biodiversity are available in the biodiversity tab.

Environmental laws and regulations

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Compliance with the applicable environmental laws and regulations is key for us. In 2022, no non-compliance with the above laws and regulations has occurred in the Polenergia Group.

Basic raw materials, materials and fuels

In 2022, the Polenergia Group reduced significantly the volume of consumption of natural gas as compared to previous years. This was due to a change of the production profile and the market situation.

POLENERGIA GROUP
Unit 2021 2022 change y/y
Used fuels in buildings and installations
Natural gas MWh 544,534.7 287,362.3 -47.2%

Electricity and heat produced

POLENERGIA GROUP
Unit 2022
Electricity generated from renewable energy sources MWh 1,053,486.53
– of which energy consumed on-site MWh 310.40
Electricity generated from non-renewable energy sources MWh 80,955.34
Total MWh 1,134,441.88
Thermal energy generated GJ 427,227
– of which energy consumed on-site GJ 11,504

Generation of waste and significant effects related to waste

The volume of waste generated by group companies in connection with the operation of facilities are related mainly to operational maintenance. The majority of operational companies contract maintenance services from external (maintenance) companies on the basis of long-term maintenance contracts. According to the Act on Waste, such waste is treated as waste produced by the maintenance companies and are reported by its owner (the maintenance company).

The activities undertaken to minimize the volume of waste generated include: care for the technical condition of machinery and equipment and timely maintenance, which prevents leaks or damages:

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Earth Day

On April 22nd – as every year – we celebrated Earth Day. Observing this day is very important because it emphasizes concern for the environment and promotes ecological awareness. Through various activities and events, people are encouraged to reflect on the impact of their actions on the planet.

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Sowing seeds of honey plants at the PV Strzelino – implementation of Polenergia Biodiversity Strategy

Our large-scale photovoltaic farm projects are not only about increasing renewable energy capacity in the Polish power system.

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Impatiens glandulifera from the Słowiński National Park

Aware of the importance of biodiversity as the foundation of life and an important factor in the well-being of people, the environment and the climate, Polenergia is actively involved in protecting ecosystems and enhancing biodiversity. For another year, we have taken action under the Re:Generation program, which is a direct response of UNEP/GRID-Warsaw to the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration announced by the UN from 2021 to 2030.

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Activities for the Kamionka Valley nature reserve

Polenergia Group, being a leader in the green energy transition, is actively involved in sustainable development. Our ambition is to continuously reduce the negative impact on the environment, primarily by reducing CO2 emissions while increasing biodiversity, not only on our investment sites.

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Activities for the Kołacznia nature reserve

For several years, Polenergia has been actively involved in campaigns dedicated to the environment. In 2020, we launched the Group Development Strategy, where the issue of climate change is indicated as the basis for the Group’s development.

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Activities for sports and health undertaken in 2023

Taking into account the need for physical activation, especially among children and youth, the Polenergia Group supports initiatives that encourage active lifestyles and promote healthy living. Priorities include projects targeting marginalized communities, children and youth, the elderly, people with disabilities, and children from dysfunctional families.

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