• Topic of the issue: Environmental protection issues in the context of the current energy situation
    The geopolitical situation results in drastic changes in the energy market. Experts estimate that the need to become independent of certain raw materials will accelerate the energy transformation and the transition to renewable energy sources. However, before that happens, uncontrolled emissions from the combustion of low-quality fuels and raw materials must be dealt with. What else awaits us?
  • Legal changes
    • Further changes in the provisions of the Waste Act
      The Act of 14 December 2012 on waste is a frequently modified legal act in the field of environmental protection. What has changed in its regulations this time?
    • New regulations on RES auctions
      The regulation, which entered into force on October 13, enables and regulates the rules for conducting RES auctions in the years 2022-2027. It was issued under the authority of the Act of February 20, 2015 on renewable energy sources.
    • Rules for paying environmental fees
      Question: Should the loss of refrigerant, which arises during the operation or servicing of air conditioning systems in public transport vehicles, be included in the environmental fee, if the air conditioning systems are tight (i.e. there is no fugitive emission due to leaks) and for air conditioning service (periodic replacement of the refrigerant refrigerant) corresponds to another company?
    • Principles of production of fertilizers from waste skins
      Question: We produce leather, upholstery and blanks for the automotive industry, therefore we produce waste that we would like to manage. We want to treat the pieces of leather that remain from the blanks as by-products and use them to produce fertilizer in the form of pellets (without any other additives). Pieces of leather will be crushed, ground and then subjected to the pelleting process. What formalities do we have to complete?
    • Interpretation of BAT guidelines in the food industry
      Question: The BAT for the food, beverage and dairy industries indicate that to prevent emissions of ozone-depleting substances and substances with a high global warming potential (GWP) released during refrigeration and freezing, refrigerants with no ozone depleting potential and low global warming potential (e.g. water, carbon dioxide or ammonia). Can we use other non-ozone-depleting refrigerants and low GWP substances – e.g. hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)?
    • Problems with the operation of the SENT system - what to do
      Question: How should I proceed if the SENT system does not work and information about a failure appears on its website, and I have to issue a transport notification?
    • Removal of administrative barriers regarding tree felling
      Question: I heard somewhere that there were changes to the rules of felling trees on properties. Is it true? If so, how have the regulations changed and can I cut down a tree from my plot without any documents?
    • Rules of handling municipal waste by shopping centers
      Shopping centers should also ensure segregation of municipal waste. It happens that the waste generated by customers (thrown into the wrong container) is thoroughly cleaned so that the containers that will be collected by the recipient contain appropriate waste fractions. Is it acceptable to use, for example, segregation tables to clean this waste? Can we use any other measures to help us meet our segregation obligations?
    • Environmental obligations of a plant with a high risk of an industrial accident
      A plant with a high risk of an industrial accident is defined on the basis of Art. 248 sec. 1 of the Environmental Protection Law (hereinafter: EPL) as a plant where, due to the presence of hazardous substances, it is expected that pollutants will be released into the environment in the event of a failure. What are his responsibilities?
    • Permission to release gases or dust into the air
      The Environmental Protection Law (hereinafter: EPL) indicates that in some cases it is required to obtain a permit to release substances or energy into the environment. The purpose of issuing permits is, on the one hand, to control emissions and, on the other hand, to block prohibited activities. One of the types of emission permits is the permit to release gases or dust into the air.
    • Carbon footprint - is it a new obligation for companies
      There is information that companies are now required to calculate their carbon footprint - is this true? How to calculate the carbon footprint and what it really is?
    • Have you been fined for illegally felling trees? Check if it can be redeemed
      Proceedings in the event of imposing a penalty for removing a tree without the notification referred to in Art. 88 sec. 1 point 6 of the Nature Conservation Act is the same as in the case of a penalty for removing a tree without a permit. Is there any chance of waiving the fine?

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