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The 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity points to habitat conversion and climate change as major threats to biodiversity caused by human activities.  Conservation of natural resources in the areas of our operations is an important goal set for our investment and social responsibility programmes.

We strictly comply with environmental laws, as well as with product quality and product labelling requirements. This and proper use of LOTOS products help limit our environmental impacts.  The state-of-the-art process units at the Gdańsk refinery in no way compromise the environmental quality standards in the neighbouring area. Pollutant emissions released into the atmosphere comply with applicable regulations and the best available techniques in the refining industry.  Energy, water, feedstocks and fuels are used in a sustainable and effective manner. LOTOS service stations have been classified as having a minor environmental impact as well. Emissions from the service stations are reduced by sealing up fuel handling processes and by treating stormwater and snowmelt, which guarantees that a station has no impact on the environment.  Considering the nature and scale of our operations, we feel responsible for the quality of life in the neighbourhood of our facilities, storage depots and service stations.

Caring for the environment, understood as implementing initiatives related to the structure and functioning of the environment, is written into our Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy. Our refinery in Gdańsk is sitting on land which has no valuable natural features nor is protected under any law. However, we are surrounded by areas that are offered protection under various environmental laws and regulations, including two bird reserves ”Ptasi Raj” and ”Mewia Łacha”. We work with local communities and dedicated non-governmental organisations to create the best possible conditions for the native wildlife.

The offshore licences held by LOTOS Petrobaltic, our upstream subsidiary, lie outside the Baltic Sea Protected Areas and are neutral to biodiversity in the Baltic.  One of our overriding goals there is to implement the best available environmental protection solutions and, consequently, to preserve the region's biodiversity. LOTOS Petrobaltic seeks to follow through the ongoing projects that will help accomplish objectives under the Baltic Sea Action Plan, including the ”zero discharge” principle for offshore platforms.

Impacts on Baltic Sea biodiversity

Environmental protection initiatives under the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP)

 

Habitat destruction

Impact close to none

Re-injection of formation water and oil-containing water

Positive impact

Climate change

No impact

 Technologies and systems to manage well drill cuttings

Positive impact

Introduction of non-native species

No impact

Transporting waste and refuse from offshore platforms onshore

Positive impact

 

We are also involved in restoration of Baltic Sea habitats, including through cooperation with the Gdańsk University Development Foundation and the Hel Marine Station of the University’s Institute of Oceanography. The joint efforts, that have been implemented for a few years now, focus on saving from extinction the most endangered species of marine fauna, notably the harbour porpoise. Apart from these efforts, the partnership has paved the way for further projects aimed to promote knowledge on the Baltic Sea’s biodiversity and provide information on what can be done to protect the endangered species. In the past years we have donated funds to purchase hydroacoustic detectors and pots for fishing under the project called “Active protection of the porpoise against by-catch”.   Currently, the Hel Marine Station of the University’s Institute of Oceanography and our company are participating in SAMBAH, an international project designed to research habitat preferences of the Baltic Sea harbour porpoise.