COP24 Katowice

EMAS in Practice in the Polish Pavilion

On December 14, during the COP24 conference, the Ministry of Environment, together with the General Directorate for Environmental Protection, organised an event in the Polish Pavilion

At this event, under the heading "EMAS in Practice’, the Minister of Environment Henryk Kowalczyk, together with the General Director of Environmental Protection Andrzej Szweda-Lewandowski, handed out EMAS jubilee certificates. 

“The EU EMAS system is a useful tool for creating a culture of sustainable development in organisations as well as for effective management of available resources. During the preparation and conduct of the conference, the Ministry of Environment, as the organiser of COP24, in cooperation with the contractors and consulting the UNFCCC secretariat, applied a number of environmentally friendly solutions. The jubilee certificate is awarded to organisations that have been listed in the EMAS register for at least 10 years, and for whom protection of the environment and sustainable development principles are a recipe for success,” explained the Minister of Environment Henryk Kowalczyk. 

 “In Poland, 68 companies are EMAS certified, which puts us in sixth place. It is a major contribution to environmental protection and sustainable development,” added Deputy Minister of Environment Sławomir Mazurek.

The jubilee certificates were awarded to 10 organisations, the oldest being registered in the National Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS):

•    Przedsiębiorstwo Budowy Dróg i Mostów Sp. z o.o. (Road and Bridges Construction Enterprise Co. Ltd.)
•    RAFAKO S.A. 
•    Wojewódzki Fundusz Ochrony Środowiska i Gospodarki Wodnej w Katowicach (Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Katowice)
•    Bombardier Transportation Polska Sp. z o.o. Wrocław
•    Dolina Nidy Sp. z o.o. (Nida Valley Co. Ltd.)
•    TAURON WYTWARZANIE Spółka Akcyjna (TAURON MANUFACTURING Joint-Stock Co.)
•    PGE Energia Ciepła S.A. (PGE Heat Energy Joint-Stock Co.)
•    Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów i Kanalizacji Okręgu Częstochowskiego S.A (Water Supply and Sewage Enterprise of the Częstochowa District Joint-Stock Co.)
•    Arctic Paper Kostrzyn S.A.
•    MASTER - Odpady i Energia Sp. z o.o. (MASTER – Waste and Energy Co. Ltd)

During the meeting attended by representatives of awarded organisations, as well as domestic and foreign experts, the most important issues concerning the EMAS system were presented by the Minister of Environment  Henryk Kowalczyk, Deputy Minister Sławomir Mazurek, as well as by the Senior Director for Policy and Programme Coordination at the UNFCCC Secretariat Martin Frick. 

The entirety of logistic activities related to the organisation of COP24, also concerning environmental aspects, was under the responsibility of Rafał Bochenek, the Minister of Environment’s representative for the organisation of the COP24 summit, supported by experts from the Ministry of Environment and the General Directorate for Environmental Protection (GDOŚ – Generalna Dyrekcja Ochrony Środowiska) 

The most important issues relating to a sustainable approach to the organisation of the COP24 conference, in accordance with the highest environmental standards, were agreed on between the Polish side and the UNFCCC Secretariat, in particular with UNFCCC Secretariat coordinator Dennis Winkler, on the well-balanced organisation of the conference,. 

On behalf of the Ministry of the Environment and the General Directorate for Environmental Protection, we would like to thank everyone for the collective efforts and contributions to environment protection activities during COP24. 

At the same time, we encourage everyone to further promote the EMAS system and an approach aiming at introducing sustainable environmental protection solutions.

Photos: © cop24.gov.pl

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