Responsible Business

CSR elements in the CIECH Group

Environmental protection

Pro-ecological investments and research

Increasing production safety

Employee support

Improvement of the lives of inhabitants of the areas near our production plants

Completed projects

Ecology in the Ciech Group

With consideration for the environment

Our consideration toward the environment is reflected in our wide range of pro-ecological investments, the purpose of which is the effective use of raw materials and energy, reduction of pollutants, reasonable waste management as well as the application of solutions improving the safety of technological installations.

Ecology management system

  • Identification of key environmental aspects
  • Monitoring mandatory and planned legal regulations
  • Identification of risk and environmental hazard factors
  • Building the ecological database of the CIECH Group
  • Implementing solutions in the field of environmental protection

Legal status of using the environment

Companies within the CIECH Group operate in accordance with all applicable national and international laws. All the applied technical, ecological and organisational solutions meet the requirements concerning environmental protection.

The key decisions regulating the use of the environment

  • Integrated permit
  • Permit required by the Water Law Act
  • Decisions concerning waste disposal
  • Integrated permit for an IPPC installation, valid for 10 years

Changes conforming to the new Industrial Emissions Directive (EC)

  • Increasing the importance of BREF reference documents in defining best available techniques (BAT) requirements for individual facilities. The European Commission will enact so-called BAT conclusions which will work as abbreviated versions of BREF documents and will become the legally binding basis for issuing a permit.
  • Introducing stricter requirements for combustion facilities regarding basic pollution (SO2, NOx and ash), in particular for facilities which are powered with coal, and changing the definition of source of combustion - currently, the chimney.
  • Introducing new regulations regarding soil protection, including the obligation to draw up a soil and underground water condition report for harmful substances in order to establish the initial condition of the ground which the given entity will be obliged to recreate after the termination of the activities.

The REACH Regulation

The REACH Regulation refers to safe application of chemical substances produced or imported (from outside the EU) in amounts exceeding 1 tonne p.a. REACH is an acronym of Registration,  Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals

Under the 2nd stage of the registration (by 31 May 2013), the CIECH Group registered one substance in 100-1000 Mg/y tonnage band.

In the 3rd stage, i.e. by 31 May 2018, 38 substances are planned to be marketed in the volume between 1 and 100 Mg/y.


Substances marketed in the EU in volumes higher than 1 tonne should be registered with the European Chemicals Agency.

Greenhouse gas emission

In order to improve and extend the Community's Emissions Trading System for greenhouse gases, the CIECH Group operates under the EU Directive 2009/29/EC

Relevant changes in Directive No 2009/29/EC effective as of 2013

  • EU ETS system extended by new business activity types, e.g. soda production
  • The system covering other greenhouse gases than CO2: N2O and PFC
  • Gradual reduction of allowance until 2020
  • Replacing the system, national allocation plans (NAP) with one allowance for the entire EU
  • Striving for a complete auction system for emission allowances
  • No free electricity production allowances – possibility to derogate from this principle by some EU countries, including Poland
  • Free allowances based on unified indicators developed by the European Commission

Research, Innovation and Development

The activities of the CIECH Group Research and Development Centre are strictly related to the objectives of the Company concerning environmental protection.

The facility cooperates with universities and experts in innovation and development policies, and some projects are co-financed from EU funds as well as national and regional funds.

Elements of the adopted strategy

  • Reduction in gas emissions
  • Reduction in total coal consumption
  • Optimisation of warehousing and energy procurement
  • Increasing energy efficiency
  • Process effectiveness improvement
  • Improvement of existing products
  • Launching new products


Partner research institutes and universities

  • The Institute of Heavy Organic Synthesis "Blachownia"
  • Fertilisers Research Institute
  • Institute of Industrial Organic Chemistry
  • Industrial Chemistry Research Institute
  • Warsaw University of Technology
  • Poznań University of Technology
  • University of Technology and Life Sciences in Bydgoszcz
  • Wrocław University of Technology
  • West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin
  • Rzeszów University of Technology
  • Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń


Selected eco-innovative solutions

  • Extending the centre of decantation and filtration of distillation sludge in the Plant in Inowrocław
  • Reduction of dust emissions from the CHP Plant in Inowrocław by modernising through upgrade of the ESP units on boilers
  • Modernising electrical boilers and construction of an exhaust gas desulphurisation plant in EC Janikowo
  • Establishment of a system for channelling and isolating fly-ash in Zakład Gospodarki Popiołami [Ash Management Plant] for raw material recovery


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