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Integrated Annual Report 2012
The Culture of Values


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Grupa LOTOS S.A. - Integrated Annual Report 2012

Environmental policy


As stated in the declaration included in our mission, the LOTOS Group aims at conducting all areas of its business in a sustainable manner, with respect for the environmental conditions specified by law, and in keeping with the code of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Our environmental policy is focused on clean production, understood as a continuous effort to reduce the consumption of utilities and raw materials, reduce emissions, manage waste effectively, as well as to ensure the safety of industrial processes for effective prevention of plant failures. We apply the prudence principle by identifying and properly managing risk on all stages of our business activities, starting from exploration & production, to planning and executing operational activities, to marketing. When assessing individual risks, we take into consideration their potential environmental impacts, people's health and safety, etc. We review the risks, together with the assessment of their environmental impact, also when executing individual projects, including investment undertakings. Preventive measures put in place depend on the detailed analysis of all risks and their importance for the functioning of the entire organization and its external environment.

Application of the principle of sustainable development and social responsibility in business translates into the production of high quality products with the lowest possible impact on the environment in the place of their use. 

Environmental responsibility is one of the three most important areas of our social responsibility strategy, and also supports us in reaching business objectives in each segment of our activities.

Creating values beneficial to social environments Creating values beneficial to the natural environment Creating economically beneficial values
We are committed to respect for intellectual capital and diversity, and respect for human rights, including the freedom of speech and freedom of association. We contribute to the creation of new jobs and the improvement of the quality of human capital in the areas of our impact. We actively counteract exclusion and other social problems in the spheres of our competences. We strive to continuously reduce the negative impact of our business on the environment through the application of high standards of extraction, production and processing of hydrocarbons, and also by meeting the demanding environmental standards in production, transportation and sale of petroleum products. In our upstream operations we employ the best available techniques and rules of conduct, constantly analysing the opportunities offered in this area by new technologies. We also aim to identify and develop opportunities for obtaining energy from renewable sources. We place great importance on the management of our relations with the environment in a predictable and reliable manner, consistently with the principles of ethics and in keeping with the rules of transparency and partnership. This has an impact on the way in which we aim to profit and increase in value in the long term perspective. Our responsibility manifests itself in our initiation of activities aimed at increasing security in the energy sector in a responsible manner, both towards society and the environment. We provide a stable supply of fuel to the market, as well as participate in the exploration and production of hydrocarbon deposits, including unconventional ones.

The key objective of the LOTOS Group’s CSR Strategy in the area of natural resource management in the production process is to reduce environmental risk and strive to continually minimise the degree of negative impact on the environment.

Achievement of the objectives of the CSR Strategy is subject to monitoring in the periods that coincide with the assessment of the level of implementation of the LOTOS Group’s business strategy.

In addition, the vast majority of companies in the LOTOS Group, being a part of an integrated management system, are operating within a certified environmental management system, compliant with the requirements of the PN-N-14001 standard. The system assumes the existence of functioning procedures for the identification of environmental aspects at all stages of business, the setting of environmental tasks and objectives and proper control of waste management, as well as the monitoring of processes and activities that have an impact on the environment. A detailed plan for environmental monitoring of all areas of our operations is also clearly defined. If any deviations from the assumed parameters are identified, immediate corrective action is undertaken and suitable preventative measures implemented in case of any potential environmental risk. 

Treating environmental protection as one of the key distinguishing features of the company’s culture is additionally reflected in our Code of Ethics, which has been in force since 2013.

Conducting business in a manner that promotes environmental protection and mitigates the environmental footprint of the LOTOS Group’s industrial facilities, which could affect the well-being of the people living in their vicinity, are among our key priorities. We are intent on developing in a sustainable manner, with due regard for the needs of future generations. We use natural resources and energy rationally, while employing environmentally friendly technologies, which meet the criteria of Best Available Techniques. We also seek to promote environmentally responsible attitudes among our employees.

Compliance with environmental policy is demonstrated by:

  • Adherence to internal procedures intended to ensure the conformity of our processes with the requirements imposed by applicable environmental laws;
  • Implementation of solutions designed to mitigate the LOTOS Group's environmental impact;
  • Involvement in educational initiatives seeking to create environmental awareness both within the organisation and in a wider social context;
  • Care for the environment in and outside of the workplace.

Source: The LOTOS Group’s Code of Ethics

As a company aware of the scale and character of its impact, we have declared that we should follow the international standards for enterprises which manage their environmental impact responsibly. This is confirmed by public support and our commitment to the application in all our activities of the rules set by the world's largest organisations promoting the ideas of social and environmental responsibility, such as the UN Global Compact.  As a member of the UN Global Compact, Grupa LOTOS:

  • Takes a preventive approach to the natural environment,
  • Undertakes initiatives aimed at promoting environmental responsibility,
  • Applies and promotes environmentally friendly technologies.

All issues related to environmental protection are managed in Grupa LOTOS by a dedicated organisational unit. In addition to monitoring the scope of the impact that the Company’s production facilities in Gdańsk have on the environment, analysing the quantity and quality compliance of emitted pollutants, generated waste, wastewater discharge and water or noise pollution, its role is also to coordinate efforts to comply with environmental legal requirements and to set standards for the environmental policy in the LOTOS Group. 

Aspects of our business also require us to monitor CO2 emissions and undertake activities within the EU Emission Trading System. Monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from LOTOS Group installations has been conducted faultlessly.

In line with our strategy and commitments, we attach importance to encouraging appropriate environmental attitudes among our employees and in the social realm. Activities aimed at improving the knowledge and awareness of the challenges of environmental protection are realised in our internal training and educational programme, the LOTOS Academy, and through our work with higher education institutions, such as Gdańsk University of Technology, University of Gdańsk and AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, and also through interaction with industry-specific scientific research centres in Poland and abroad.


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