Opportunities in Poland’s environmental sector

An Expert's View about Water Treatment in Poland

Posted on: 29 Sep 2010

The sector in Poland offers considerable opportunities for British water sector solutions, consultant engineers, contractors, manufacturers and suppliers of specialist machinery, equipment and materials.

OPPORTUNITIES IN POLAND ENVIRONMENTAL SECTOR Environmental investments in Poland accounted for 3.4 per cent of GDP in 2009. Under the National Ecological Policy of Poland, over ?16bn will be spent by the end of 2016 on environmental projects, of which 55 per cent will go towards water and waste water treatment (WWT), 29 per cent for air pollution control (APC), 10 per cent for waste management (WM) and 6 per cent for other projects. Water and Waste Water Treatment Air Pollution Control Investment worth ?12bn is needed to bring Poland?s Reduction of emissions is a major concern for Poland. water and waste water management in line with EU The control of atmospheric emissions from certain environmental standards. The EU has allocated ?6bn for industries has been under scrutiny recently. In line with this purpose covering the period 2007-2013. the EU?s Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive, Poland introduced an integrated permit system Poland is now implementing a national programme for covering around 2,500 installations. urban waste water treatment (KPOS), which is scheduled for completion by 2015. This requires the construction of Poland has made significant progress in reduction of around 30,000 km of new sewage networks (est. cost over SO , NOx, NH3 and volatile organic compound emissions 2 ?5bn), plus the construction of 180 new WWT plants and into the atmosphere. However, emission reduction is the modernisation of 569 existing plants (est. cost ?3.1bn). hard to achieve in large part because hard coal supplies 95 per cent of electric energy and 80 per cent of the More than ?1bn is spent on the improvement and heating generated in Poland. modernisation of the water supply in Poland every year. The Polish Act on Greenhouse Gas and Other Substances The sector offers considerable opportunities for Emission, which transposes the Kyoto Protocol to Polish British water sector solutions, consultant engineers, legislation, set a target of 6 per cent for the reduction of contractors, manufacturers and suppliers of specialist greenhouse gas emission levels between 1988 and 2012. machinery, equipment and materials. A national system for trade in emission allowances was established in 2005. Poland negotiated transitional arrangements lasting until 2015 in relation to Directive 2001/80/WE for the reduction of SO emission and until 2017 for the reduction of dust 2 and NOx emissions. Opportunities for UK companies are in the area of Particulate Control, Gaseous Control, Monitoring Technology, Consultancy and Support. There is a requirement for advanced technologies and sophisticated equipment for improving efficiency, reducing operational costs and minimising pollution emissions. The majority of waste is land-filled (87 per cent), Waste Management 9 per cent recycled, 4 per cent composted and only 1 per Poland is a relatively large producer of waste, with around cent incinerated. Currently, Poland?s single incineration 138 million tonnes in 2009. Over 90 per cent of Poland?s plant deals with 0.4 per cent of the country?s waste. waste is produced by industry. The remaining 10 per cent, over 12 million tonnes, is municipal waste. Although As an EU member, Poland is obliged to reduce the recycling bins are beginning to appear in cities, 93.2 per amount of biodegradable municipal waste sent to cent of municipal and household waste is still stored landfills. To meet the reduction targets, a number of in landfills without any pre-sorting. Per capita annual thermal treatment plants with the annual capacity of volumes of waste produced in 2009 were 3.5 tonnes of 200,000 Mg each are going to be built over the next few industrial waste and 320 kg of municipal waste. years. EU financing support will apply. Opportunities for UK businesses include advanced Waste Management investment technologies and expertise related to waste recovery, stood at recycling, thermal treatment, minimising generation of waste in industrial processes, waste-to-energy ?153m solutions and recovery of end-of-life landfills. in 2009. Halina Kosicka To find out how we can help Commercial Section British Embassy you make the most of these ul. Kawalerii 12, 00-468 Warszawa Tel: +48 22 311 0218 n Email: Halina.Kosicka@fco.gov.uk opportunities please contact: www.ukinpoland.fco.gov.uk www.ukti.gov.uk
Posted: 29 September 2010

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