environmental protection

New rules ahead for environmental reports and assessments

The proposed amendment to Poland’s environmental impact assessment regulations contains not just procedural changes. It also goes directly to the nature of environmental impact assessments and the contents of EIA reports.

Waste Act amendment causes problems with EU funding for construction of incinerators

This year’s amendment of the Waste Act is forcing changes in the scheduling of incinerator projects. Target load start-up tests must be postponed until after the integrated permit is issued. This may give rise to claims by contractors for prolonging the project completion period because of a change in the law.

Planning and environmental damage

The act of planning and preparation for a venture cannot be regarded as an “activity” causing an imminent threat of environmental damage.

Optimal transaction structure and environmental risk

Selection of the structure for transactions typically depends on business conditions and tax considerations, but findings made in environmental due diligence are also beginning to play a greater role.

Water: A commodity or a fundamental human right?

Water covers about 71% of the planet, but only some 5% of water resources (excluding seawater) are privately controlled. The water market is valued at some USD 800 billion per year and attracts increasing commercial interest.

End of the procedure for transferring rights and obligations under emissions permits?

The Sejm has passed an amendment eliminating the administrative procedure for transferring permits. When it comes into force, the acquirer of an installation will automatically assume the rights and obligations under the permits for the installation.