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Monitoring and reporting CO2 emissions

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On January 1st, 2005 the 2003/87/WE Directive will become effective. Are Polish companies prepared for greenhouse emissions trading? Unfortunately most polish enterprises are not ready yet. This is one of the conclusions reached during a seminary on monitoring and reporting CO2 emissions within the European Emission Trading Scheme. The seminary was organized by Ecofys on October this year.

In August 2004, The Council of Ministers recommended The National Allocation Plan for Greenhouse Emissions to the European Commission. This document contains a list of installations with the appropriate amount of allocated allowances.

According to the EU Directive, Poland is obligated to introduce a 3-year transitional period. During this time, part of the installations can be, under some requirements, relieved from a duty of obtaining necessary permissions for emitting CO2.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection has an additional amount of CO2 emissions for not identified installations, for example new technologies. During this time the penalty for exceeding the emissions limit will be 40 euros per tone. There is a possibility of extending the emission trading market by introducing other gases and next economy sectors (such as transport) in 2008-2012.
Participating in emissions trading system increases the company's expenses at the beginning, but on the other hand it encourages to searching for ways of reducing emissions and energy consumption.

Polish companies have a wide margin of allowances. They can trade them, gained funds can be spent for technology modernization. Further these companies will have another possibility for selling allowances, investing and making healthy profits.

New sources of financial support for environment protection and promotion of sustainable development.

On October 14th this year, during a Polish - Norwegian conference titled "The Financial mechanism of EOG and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism - the new area of Polish - Norwegian cooperation", which took place in Warsaw, Norwegian and Polish governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding. According to this document, financial support will be provided to Poland between 2004 - 2009.

The funds from MFE-OG (Financial Mechanism of European Economy Region) - approximately 270 mil euro and approx. 264 mil euros from NFM (Norwegian Financial Mechanism), will be allocated to: environment protection (reduction of hazardous substances); promotion of sustainable development by maintaining a better management of natural resources; European culture heritage protection (including public transport and cities renovation); human resources development by promoting education and training; strengthening local administrations, medical and children care and scientific researches.

The EOG countries really appreciated the significant improvement of the condition of Polish natural environment, which is a result of increasing investments in environment protection. The EOG countries want to prolong this profitable trend.

The main goal of environmental priorities is reducing hazardous substances in the environment by air, surface water protection and an appropriate waste management. Within these goals following investment projects will be realized: building and modernization of the infrastructure which includes connecting to heat networks instead of individual heat sources; exchanging old heat energy sources for ecological and energy safe; thermo-modernization of heat installations in public usage buildings.

Polish sewage treatment installations based on German technology.

Within a new cooperating model TIA Abwassertechnik GmbH Company from north Germany transferred its technology, used in over 100 municipal and industrial sewage treatment installations to Moeschle Polska sp. z o.o Company. The main points of the transferred technology are biological treatment and flotation techniques.

Within the cooperation between Moeschle Polska and TIA Abwassertechnik a new Polish company has been established. This enterprise builds installations for sewage treatment plants. It offers everything according to the customer's expectations:
experience in the field of sewage treatment construction, solving various industrial problems, advisory and help in planning and daily exploitation.

The reduction of service work and high maintenance safety is a significant factor for Moeschle Polska and TIA considered during installations construction. Sewage treatment in sewage treatment plants is not a main activity of these companies. Concerning this fact, during the construction process of this kind of installations, technological solutions which can cause trouble in the future are superseded by other ones. Any reparations must be carried out easily and quickly, without the necessity of disturbing the functioning of the installation.

Polish - French Summer University opened in Warsaw for the first time

France - Pologne pour l'Europe Association was the organizer of first Polish - French Summer University which took place on September 24-26, 2004 in Warsaw.

The President of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski and the President of France, Jacques Chirac, were honorary patrons of this interesting event. Among invited guests were students, experts, local administration clerks, businessmen, scientists and European institution representatives from both countries.

The main subject of this meeting was agriculture. The three - day Summer University was a specific comparison of Polish and French visions of the united agricultural policy in the European Union. 270 official participants had an opportunity to familiarize themselves with speeches of 53 lecturers from Poland and France which presented the situation of agriculture in both countries.

The three - day Summer University program consisted of lectures, debates and workshops. Each day was devoted to a different subject and during this time the participants learned about the ideas of such social groups as branch organizations, clerks, customers and of course farmers.

The subjects of the workshops were: "The farmer, environment and development of rural area", "Farmer and food safety", "Farmer and food quality: label, A.O.C system".

Insulation - the "6th kind of fuel"

The construction sector is the largest consumer of energy, and in the same time it produces the most CO2. Reducing the high energy consumption will decrease the costs, save not renewable sources and will create new working places.

If renovated buildings were modernized in accordance with current energy efficiency regulations, it would be possible to reduce CO2 emissions in Europe by 400 mil tones annually.

Approximately 90% of energy, used currently, comes from not renewable sources -coal, petrol, uranium, natural gas. Not effective using of energy can cause a threat for the suppliers and also for the standard of life. In addition it creates more problems with air pollution and greenhouse gas emission. The information that the largest energy source is not petroleum but energy saving can be a big surprise for some people. But it is true.

This "6th kind of fuel" - saved energy by using better insulation is potentially the largest energy source. The 6th fuel is cheap, clean and renewable. It improves the standard of life and quality of dwellings. It also crates new working places by increasing demand for energy safe construction materials. The largest receivers of energy are buildings, which consume approximately 40% of European Union's energy. The heat and air conditioning systems are the largest sources of energy losses in buildings. On the other hand, one can find there great opportunities for energy saving.

Rockwool Polska Sp. z o. o. is a leading manufacturer of mineral wool insulating materials. The company was established in 1993. Rockwool is the only double winner of the title "The Leader of Polish Ecology " for "production" (2001) and "product" (2003). Rockwool's materials help to prevent from heat losses, cold and also reduce air pollutions.
Want to read more? Go to: www.rockwool.pl

Crises and sustainability.

The International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Crisis and Sustainability took place on October 9th and 10th, 2004, at the Leon Kozminski Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management (LKAEM) in Warsaw, Poland. The conference was organized by Center for Impact Assessment Studies and Forecasting (CIASF). Invited guests came from Ukraine, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Lithuania, Switzerland, Washington D.C, France and Russia.

The main theme of this event was Crises and sustainability. The conference program consisted of lectures on: Mission impossible - a progress without crises; Economics, the quest of reliable predictions and crises avoidance; African crisis of globalization; Sustainable development - oxymoron or condition of avoidance of global catastrophe; Health impact assessment in developing countries; Analyzing Risk Management Strategies within a Socio-economic Framework; Crises and Crises Management in Transitional Poland.

Prof. Lech W.Zacher, from LKAEM, Warsaw, the initiator and mentor of the conference, gave the keynote speech: Toward a Crisisology or from Reactive to Preventive Paradigm.

His principal idea was: "A crisis can be defined as a negative rather radical change of situation accompanied by detrimental consequences. Crises have their phases or stages, their amplitude, their pace, scale, depth and width, specific types of consequences etc. Investigating crises can probably contribute to our more rational activity in all areas. Moreover it reflects human efforts (in thinking, decision-making, behaviour) to change the "natural" reactive paradigm for preventive paradigm. Coping with crises needs their recognition, identification, evaluation, forecasting, assessment, policy analysis etc.(…)".

The Center, CIASF, headed by Prof. L. Zacher, initiates research on impact assessment and futures studies. The main partner institution for the Center is Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis - ITAS (of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany). The Agreement on scientific collaboration between the two institutions was signed. There are two other partners: National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (New Delhi, India), and The Center for Science, Technology and Society Studies at the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Social-Economic Eurocontest „Friend of Europe" edition AMICO EUROPAE A.D. 2004

The PRO EUROPA Association is the organizer of the Socio-Economic Eurocontest „Friend of Europe" - edition AMICO EUROPAE A.D. 2004. We would like to acknowledge individuals prominent in the country's social and economic life, who has earned outstanding merit and respect for their involvement in the process of Poland's full inclusion into the structures of the European Union, as well as for their contribution to the growing prestige and importance of the country on the global arena. We also intend to award companies and agricultural farms that fulfill European standards of quality, cleanliness of production, and environmental safety, pursue sustainable development, foster Poland's market economy, and - above all - actively participate in activities promoting and supporting European initiatives. AMICO EUROPAE A.D. 2004 contest is organized in five categories: European personality; European Company which will be evaluated in two sub-categories: Small and medium enterprise, Large companies; European farm; European foreign investor in Poland and European ecological company.

The Award Ceremony will take place on 9 December 2004 in the Wola Theatre in Warsaw.

The Organizer would like to thank the partners for their kind support and assistance in the preparation of the contest.
More: www. eurokonkurs.pl

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