V International Forum of Low-Emission Economy

27 April 2017 (Thursday)

V International Forum of Low-Emission Economy

27 April 2017, Warsaw, 9:00 - 16:00, registration starts at 8:00

Warszawski Dom Technika NOT, ul. Czackiego 3/5, Warsaw

The Conference Patrons: the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of the Environment, the Secretariat for the Mining and Power Industry of the Solidarność trade union

Further dynamic development of Poland requires the country’s economy to switch to a low-emission path of development. This is necessary for both economic and environmental reasons. According to numerous analyses, there is no doubt that low-emission transformation is a developmental opportunity for the economy rather than a burden for it. It is a strong stimulus for increasing Polish economy’s competitiveness and innovation at the international level, as most low-emission projects are of innovative character. It will also enable creation and development of new business areas and new jobs. Low emission solutions based on Polish scientific and technological knowledge may become our export specialisation.

In this context, efforts should be focused on the method of carrying out the transformation towards low-emission economy, and not on considering whether it is worth carrying it out. The main issue is the costs. We should take only such steps which are beneficial for the economy. Of course, the benefits should be analysed in a broad way, taking into account all so-called external costs, including for example health-related costs. This requires development of a brand new system of appropriate assessment of low-emission projects’ profitability for the economy.

The transformation process should cover all areas of the economy. Undoubtedly, however, energy generation and the whole area of its broadly understood consumption are of particular significance. Therefore, it is crucial to draw attention to the forecasting of energy consumption. It seems necessary to develop a new approach, a new methodology of forecasting energy consumption, which would be closely linked to the path of transformation towards low-emission economy.

A very important element in the transition is the involvement of the society in the process. No measures can be effective if they have no social acceptance, if there is no belief in the need to change people’s behaviour patterns and if there is no willingness to follow the principles of sustainable consumption.

The purpose of the Forum is to discuss and, consequently, to propose specific solutions that can be used in the preparation and implementation of activities aimed at low-emission transformation of the Polish economy. The discussion will focus on the following issues:

  1. Low-emission economy: how to maximize the effects while optimizing the outlays?
  2. New opportunities for the Polish economy: the power sector and the industry sector
  3. The society in the process of transition to low-emission economy.

Further information on the event is available from Ms. Krystyna Kowalska, e-mail: sekretariat@proinwestycje.pl, phone number +48 22 424 82 01.







V International Forum of Low-Emission Economy


27 April 2017, 09:00 - 16:00 hrs.

08:00 – 08:55 Registration / coffee

09:00 –  09:30  OPENING SPEECHES

Krzysztof Tchórzewski, Minister of Energy

Jerzy Kwieciński, Secretary of State, Ministry of Development

Paweł Sałek, Secretary of State, Government Plenipotentiary for Climate Policy, the Ministry of the Environment

09:30 – 11:40  SESSION I

Low-emission economy: how to maximize the effects while optimizing the outlays?

  • Energy mix for low-emission economy. Innovation and saving potential of low-emission projects: a system of assessment of economic profitability
  • Construction industry and district heating industry – a synergy for low-emission economy
  • Modern power-sector infrastructure

The following persons have been invited to take part in the panel:

  • Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy, the European Commission;
  • Kamel Ben Naceur, Director, Directorate of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, the International Energy Agency
  • Tomasz Żuchowski, Secretary of State, Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction;
  • Ireneusz Zyska, Member of the Polish Parliament;
  • Henryk Baranowski, President of the Board, PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA;
  • Mirosław Kowalik, President of the Board, ENEA SA;
  • Eryk Kłossowski, President of the Board, PSE SA;
  • Jacek Szymczak, President of the Board, Izba Gospodarcza Ciepłownictwo Polskie[Polish District Heating Chamber of Commerce];
  • Jacek Janas, President of the Board, Tauron Wytwarzanie SA;
  • Mikael Lemström, President of the Board, Fortum Power and Heat Polska sp. z o.o;
  • Tomasz Ślęzak, Member of the Board, Director for Asset Management and Restructuring, Power Industry and Environment; ArcelorMittal.

11:40  12:00 COFFEE BREAK

12:00 – 14:00  SESSION II

New opportunities for the Polish economy (the power sector and the industry sector)

  • Electro-mobility – a new Chance for the power industry and RES integration
  • Circular economy
  • CO2 use in the economy: it’s not science fiction
  • Forecasting of energy consumption: a new approach and necessary changes

The following persons have been invited to take part in the panel:

  • Jadwiga Emilewicz, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Development;
  • Artur Michalski, Vice-President of the Board, National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management;
  • Karol Zarajczyk, President of the Board, URSUS SA;
  • Małgorzata Mika-Bryska, Director, Regulatory Matters and Public Relations, Veolia Energia Polska;
  • Tomasz Konik, Partner, Energy and Resources Department Leader, Deloitte;
  • Piotr Piela, Managing Partner, Head of Business Advisory, E&Y;
  • Sylwester Śmigiel, President of the Board, Gaspol Energy;
  • Roman Szwed, President of the Board, ATENDE;
  • Marcin Korolec, President, Foundation for Electric Vehicles Promotion;
  • Prof. Marek Ściążko, Institute of Chemical Processing of Coal, AGH University of Technology.

14:00 – 14:30 SNACK BREAK

14:30 – 16:00 SESSION III

The society in the process of transition to low-emission economy

  • Availability and credibility of information on the impact of consumption of individual products and services on emissivity of the economy
  • Dissemination of life cycle assessment methods in business and consumer communications
  • Promotion of sustainable consumption patterns
  • Change of social behaviours
  • Radical change of the education system in the field of low emission economy

The following persons have been invited to take part in the panel:

  • Kamil Pluskwa-Dąbrowski, President, Polish Consumers Federation;
  • Marcin Popkiewicz, megatrend analyst, editor of „Ziemia na Rozdrożu” and „Nauka o klimacie” web portals;
  • Edyta Urbaniak-Konik, Marketing Director, Suez Polska;
  • Maciej Bukowski, President of the Board, WiseEuropa;
  • Piotr Grudzień, Chairman of the Inter-Departmental Scientific Group „Smart City”, Warsaw University of Technology.