Environmental aspects in completion of orders

ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS in Completion of Orders

Valid from: September 2016 r.

Table of Contents

I. INTRODUCTION....................................................................................................2

i. Basic information......................................................................... 2

ii. Company activities. ...............................................................2

iii. Company history......................................................................3

II. ACTIVITIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION..............................5

III. ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATES IN ORDER COMPLETION.........19

IV. REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTRACTORS/SUPPLIERS.................................20

V. DECLARATION FOR CONTRACTORS/SUPPLIERS......................23

 

 

       I. INTRODUCTION

        i. Basic Information

Company Locations:

  • Headquarters: ul.Wejherowska 12, 84-242 Luzino
  • Production plant: ul. Okrężna 11, 84-220 Strzebielino
  • Company Showroom: ul. Przywidzka 7, 80-174 Gdańsk
  • Company Showroom: ul. Kopernika 8/18, 00-367 Warszawa

History:

The company operates since 2002, at the beginning in the form of a civil partnership under the name of “Bertrand Brothers” [“Bracia Bertrand.”]In December 2002, based on the shareholders' resolution, the company changed its legal form to a general partnership.Then in 2011, as a result of the transformation of the general partnership, the entity of “Bracia Bertrand limited liability company and limited partnership” was established. During the years 2004-2009, the company ran several major investment projects, which helped to include in the offer a range of new products targeted both, at the domestic and the foreign markets.

Shareholders:

Bertrand Krzysztof (32%), Bertrand Jacek (32%), Bertrand Henryk (32%), Bertrand sp. z o.o. (4%).

      ii. Company activities

The company Bracia Bertrand sp. z o.o. sp.k. is an internationally recognized manufacturer of energy-efficient windows, doors, façades and winter gardens.Complementary services of the company include: consultancy in the process of selecting the most suitable solution for a Client, installation services and professional after-sale service of the manufactured products.The technology used in the production is characterized by a high level of innovation, allowing the manufacturing of high-quality products, which fit in with the latest trends in the industry.The dominating element in a production process, one that increases competitiveness of products on the industry markets, is the joinery, in which modern technological solutions are applied, and a wide range of materials is used: from PVC and aluminium profile systems, through various species of wood, to wood-aluminium and PVC-aluminium materials.The company also performs non-standard services, including replacement of joinery in historic buildings or production of doors according to the design submitted by a Client.

The most important within the offered range of products include:

  • WINDOWS (PVC, PVC-aluminium, wood, wood-aluminium, aluminium);
  • DOORS (external and internal, wooden and aluminium);
  • SHUTTERS (single or double, tailored to a Client’s needs);
  • FACADES (made of original aluminium profile systems);
  • WINTER GARDENS (made of aluminium or combined profiles of aluminium and wood.)

In addition to products manufactured by the Bracia Bertrand company, the offer also includes complementary products produced by external suppliers:

  • GARAGE DOORS;
  • ROLLER SHUTTERS, BLINDS;
  • ELECTRONIC CONTROL AND ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS.

The offer of the Bracia Bertrand company is targeted to both, the domestic market and the foreign markets, mainly for Germany, UK, Russia, France and Italy.Export accounts for around half of the sales, during the first three quarters of 2015 it accounted for 47.82%.

The recipients of products and services are:

  • individual clients;
  • domestic and foreign trade partners, purchasing products for resale;
  • institutional clients (developers, construction firms, public sector.)

    iii. Company History

Bracia Bertrand sp. z o.o. sp.k. is a family company, developed from a small carpentry workshop, founded in 1969 by Bronisław Bertrand.The main place of business was and still is Luzino nearWejherowo, in Pomorskie Voivodeship.Over the years, production facilities were being built, new machinery supplied, and the human resources expanded, while the company offer was being gradually widened.During the initial period, the company focused on the production of high quality wooden windows and doors.In the nineties of the past century, the company has started production of the PVC windows.In 2000, the aluminium joinery department has opened (windows, doors, façades and winter gardens.)Beginning of the new millennium brought dynamic expansion of the company on the domestic and foreign markets.The company has expanded its domestic sales network and won the first permanent trade partners in the Western Europe.In addition to the individual customer market, where the company always held a strong position, the firm has begun to be increasingly involved in large investment projects carried out by developers.Not only the volume of manufactured products stepped up, but also their quality.In 2001, the company implemented the quality management system compliant with the ISO 9001 standard.The dynamic growth in demand for the Bracia Bertrand company products resulted in the need to make significant investments in new production plants and their equipment.In the years 2004-2006, the new production plant for PVC and aluminium joinery was built in Luzino.At the turn of 2009/2010, production plant for wooden windows was bought from Meranti company in Strzebielin, and thoroughly modernized.At present, the next production plant for wooden joinery in Strzebielin awaits to be opened.The company is very much focused on innovation, for many years now, it remains ahead of the competition with the modern solutions applied.Innovations result from close cooperation with suppliers of components (window, door and façade profiles, glass panes and accessories,) as well as with suppliers of production technologies, including innovative machines.In 2012, an internal research and development department was launched, which developed several innovative window systems, including the Utratherm Ultima system, awarded with the Gold Medal of the Budma Fair.Cooperation was also established with the external scientific and R&D units.The company has now reached the level of a medium-sized enterprise, with a very strong position on the regional market, a growing position on the domestic market and an increasing recognition on the foreign markets.About half of the Bracia Bertrand company is currently exported.The products are appreciated by various institutions and organizations, which have awarded the company with numerous awards.The company is a laureate of the following awards: Reliable Employer, Gelalan Innovator, Superprofil Award, Business Gazelle, Passive Building Ambassador, Energy Efficient Installation Master and the Polish Window and Door Association Recommendation.

     II. ACTIVITIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

In any business, apart from economic aspects, very important is also the ecological context.In the era of overflowing information about the ongoing degradation of natural environment and depletion of raw materials, the responsibility for the natural environment applies to all entrepreneurs, not only those, who manufacture goods.

Currently, activities supporting protection of the natural environment are increasingly very important aspect affecting the activities and organization of many companies.This change is not only due to the significant increase of awareness about the state of natural environment among entrepreneurs, but also to the new regulations in Polish law and standards imposed by the European Union.For this reason, to effectively minimize hazards such as accumulation of waste, presence of smog, air pollution and noise, it is necessary to consciously join the processes of the environmental protection.This requires conducting activities consistent with the assumptions of the strategic documents both, at national and European level, such as:

Europa 2020 - Strategy for Smart Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

The essence of the Europe 2020 initiative [http://ec.europa.eu/eu2020/pdf/1_PL_ACT_part1_v1.pdf], set up by the Commission, is to create conditions for long-term and sustainable economic growth in the European Union.To achieve this goal means to encourage building of the knowledge-based economy, with low emissions, promoting environmentally friendly technologies and more efficient use of resources.

Assumptions of the Europe 2020 Strategy are part of the concept of the European Social Market Economy and are based on the three interdependent and mutually complementary priority areas, i.e.:

  1. smart growth - meaning the development of a knowledge-based economy and innovation, increasing the potential of a digital economy by means of higher expenditures on research and development (implementation of mechanisms, which support rapid transmission of the theoretical knowledge to the business practice,) and development and improvement of the quality of education;
  1. sustainable growth - activities focused on increasing competitiveness and improving the efficiency of the use of resources in production processes, switching to modern technologies in utilisation of the environmental protectional resources and creating new jobs; the goal of EU is to become a leader in the environmental technologies and protection of the environment;
  1. inclusive growth - through increasing professional activity, raising qualifications and fighting poverty, which shall ensure the social and territorial cohesion.

Effectiveness of the above common goals is to be supported by so-called flagship initiatives, implemented by organizations, which operate on the level of the whole EU, its Member States, as well as the local and regional authorities.The degree of implementation of the adopted priorities is being assessed on the basis of analysis of a group of main indicators, assigned to five paramount development goals.In comparison to the Lisbon strategy, the new implementation instruments for the Europe 2020 Strategy are the so-called flagship projects, which are designed to speed up and appropriately orientate the ways to implement each of the objectives listed in the Strategy.The level of target values in the Europe 2020 Strategy is general and refers to the EU as the whole economic organism.However, given the significant economic and social differences between the Member States, it is permissible for each of them to adopt an adequate benchmark and target values, which they can possibly achieve within the time horizon adopted in the Strategy.The above is linked to the fact of translating the paramount EU goals set in the Strategy to the national goals, along with the adoption of the appropriate methods for their implementation.The objective of actions undertaken individually by the member countries is achieve the common EU goals, including strengthening the global position of EU[1].

Strategiczny plan adaptacji dla sektorów i obszarów wrażliwych na zmiany klimatu do roku 2020 z perspektywą do roku 2030 (SPA 2020)

On 29.10.2013, the Council of Ministers adopted the Strategic Plan of Adaptation for Sectors and Areas Sensitive to Climate Change by 2020, with a Perspective until 2030, the so-called SPA2020.This is the first strategic document directly addressing the issue of adaptation to climate changes, which are taking place.

The effects of climate change, especially intensification of the extreme weather events, have been more and more significant in the recent years.They are also becoming more visible in Poland.  Therefore, it is necessary to undertake adaptation measures, which in addition to reducing losses may also stimulate the growth of efficiency and innovations in the economy, thus having a positive impact on the condition of environment and the quality of life of the people.

The main goal of the Plan is to ensure sustainable development and effective functioning of both, economy and society, in the conditions of climate change.  The document points to the priority directions of adaptation activities to be undertaken by the year 2020 in the areas most sensitive to climate change, such as: water management, agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, health, energy generation, construction and land management, urban areas, transportation, mountainous and coastal areas.

These activities, undertaken by both, public and private entities, will be carried out through the implementation of policies, investments in infrastructure and technology development.They include technical projects, such as construction of the necessary anti-flood infrastructure and coastal protection, as well as changes in legal regulations, e.g. in the land management planning to limit the development of areas endangered by floods.

The main objective will be achieved through implementation of specific goals and the activities’ directions indicated within these goals, which constitute the essential part of the SPA2020:

  • Goal 1.Ensuring energy security and good environmental status - In the context of the environmental protection and energy security, adaptation to climate change is of great importance, both, to guarantee the safety and quality of the people’s life and in relation to providing the necessary conditions for the functioning of economy.Adaptation activities in these areas will be multi-directional.They will also engage many entities and significant financial resources.
  • Goal 2.Effective adaptation to climate change in rural areas - Rural areas, mainly due to the agricultural activities conducted in such places, constitute the areas particularly sensitive to climate change.This fact indicates the need to undertake adaptation measures, both in relation to the protection of the population in crisis situations, as well as the necessary adjustments in the agricultural and fishery production.
  • Goal 3.Development of transportation in the conditions of climate change - Most elements of the transportation system, especially infrastructure, are exposed to the direct impact of climatic factors, since they function in the direct contact with the elements.To undertake the effective adaptation and prevention measures, it is necessary to correctly assess the sensitivity of the transport infrastructure to climatic factors, which is the effect of analysis of climate and weather data, and their impact on the condition of the infrastructure.
  • Goal 4.Ensuring sustainable regional and local development, while taking into account climate change - In the light of a number of actions related directly or indirectly to adaptation indicated in various strategic documents, in the context of regional and local development, there has been highlighted the need to ensure proper monitoring, warning and response systems.In addition, in the Goal 4, there has been observed particular sensitivity of cities to climate change and thus their importance in the adaptation process.
  • Goal 5.Stimulating innovations conducive to adaptation to climate change - Currently available technologies, as well as the ways of managing the economy in its various sectors, may not be sufficient in the context of challenges related to adaptation to climate change.There should be sought new, innovative organizational and technical solutions, that will support adaptation.The basic goal should be to stimulate technological innovations and to introduce mechanisms for cooperation between institutions in situations of multi-dimensional threats related to climate change.It is also necessary to adapt the existing and develop new sources for financing the research on adaptive technologies and for publicizing the effects of the research.
  • Goal 6.Shaping social attitudes conducive to adaptation to climate change - Effective adaptation to climate change is not possible without an adequate level of the awareness of threats and challenges among institutions involved in the adaptation process and in the society as a whole.Therefore, it is necessary to implement educational activities both, as part of formal education and broad non-formal education, which will contribute to raising the public awareness.The primary objective will also be to increase the understanding of the impact of climate processes on social and economic life.

The strategy is part of the European Union's policy framework in the field of adaptation to climate change, which aims to improve the resilience of Member States to current and expected climate change, paying special attention to better preparation for the extreme climatic and weather phenomena and reduction of the related socio-economic costs.

Partnership Agreement (PA)

The PA is a document defining the intervention strategy for European funds under the three EU policies: cohesion policy, common agricultural policy (CAP) and common fisheries policy (CFP) in Poland for the years 2014-2020.

Taking into account the principle of sustainable development includes the implementation of projects minimizing the impact of human activities on the environment, including those aimed to comply with the acquis in the area of environment.The planning of activities should seek synergy of economic, social and environmental goals.

The implementation of the principle of sustainable development should boil down primarily to:

  • seeking a consensus between striving to maximize the economic effect while increasing the efficiency of the use of resources (e.g. energy, water and mineral resources,) and reducing negative impact on the environment,
  • correct reflection of differences in the level of regional development and combating the divergence processes, in particular on the ones on the city-village front,
  • creating urban airing zones with along the ways consistent with the prevailing wind directions,
  • perception of waste as the resources (including substitution of primary raw materials with the materials recycled from waste,) including:
  • striving to maximize the use of waste as recycled materials, waste management in accordance with the hierarchy of waste management methods, including the focus on the waste generation prevention,
  • supply chain optimization,
  • striving to close the material cycles, including maximizing savings of water and energy,
  • limiting pollution emitted to the environment, in particular to air and water. already at the stage of designing technological solutions,
  • supporting the increase of energy efficiency and obtaining energy from low-emission sources, with the maximum utilization of the local raw material base,
  • low-emission and sustainable transportation, promotion of the mass and public transport, as well as the intermodal transport,
  • energy-saving construction,
  • spatial planning and investments in infrastructure, including the need to adapt to the climate change, as well as to the environmental protection and saving of resources, which essentially can be narrowed down to limiting the phenomenon of the “urban sprawl”.

There is the necessity to provide the skills and professional qualifications required for the smart development of Polish green economy, which means the process of creating green jobs, in connection with the implementation of the sustainable production patterns, related to the reduction of pressure on the environment while conducting and developing business.Also, educational activities will be important to shape the new behavioural patterns, social attitudes and even lifestyles necessary for the implementation of the sustainable and responsible consumption.

Particular attention is being paid to the “polluter pays” and “user pays” principle.This basically means that the costs of meeting the environmental requirements should be paid by (which refers, for example, the treatment of waste water.)At the stage of planning an investment project, e.g. in the field of transport infrastructure, it is necessary to incorporate the financial resources for implementation of the preventive measures and those mitigating the infrastructure's impact on the environment.

Taking into account the issue of the climate change includes the aspect of resilience of the implemented infrastructure investment projects to the effects of the climate change and the related threats of natural disasters (increased risk of floods, droughts, heat, extreme flood events.)

The criteria related to sustainable development can be assigned to five main categories:

  • Rational resources management - Application of solutions allowing for rational resources management, including, for example, preferences to use for investments projects degraded areas, urban wastelands (brownfield); the use of recovered or recycled  materials, the use of technologies allowing to save water, energy, raw materials, the use of technology verified under the ETV, activities for the protection of biodiversity;
  • Rational spatial management - Implementation of the infrastructure investment projects, particularly in the areas with deficits, which at the same time allow to maintain the continuity of the economic use of space (firstly, the degraded areas and urban wastelands - brownfield,) plus favouring the creation of links between such areas.
  • Reducing pressure on the environment - Undertaking measures limiting the pressure on the environment, including, i.a., reductions of substances and energy emissions to the environment, limiting the generation of waste and the flow of sewage into water or ground; using technology verified under the ETV; development of green infrastructure;
  • Taking into account environmental effects in the management process - Having in the organization an environmental management system that meets, for example, the requirements of the EMAS or ISO 14001 system; implementation of the cleaner production strategy; running green accounting;
  • Raising ecological awareness in the society - taking actions contributing to the increase of the ecological awareness by educating and informing recipients and stakeholders about the ecological effect and possibilities of reducing the negative impact on the environment, through the distribution of educational materials, organization of meetings with local communities, etc., environmental education of customers.

Directive 2008/50/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, May 21, 2008, on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe

The Directive establishes air quality goals, including ambitious, economically viable goals for the improvement of human health and the quality of environment, until the year 2020. It also details how to assess these goals and take corrective actions in the event of non-compliance with the established standards.It also assumes public information.

The air we breathe should be as clean as possible, to protect the human health and the environment.This means, that measures should be taken to monitor the outdoor air quality and to combat any pollution.

This Directive brings together the majority of existing air quality laws in a single document and contains the following key elements:

  • thresholds, limit values and target values, laid down to allow the assessment of the content of each of the pollutants covered by the Directive: sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, passing dust, lead, benzene and carbon monoxide,
  • national authorities appoint competent entities to carry out these assessments, using data collected at the selected sampling points,
  • in the situation, where levels of pollution in a given area exceed the assumed thresholds,  in order to remedy the situation air protection plans must be implemented; they may take into account specific measures to protect especially vulnerable social groups, for example children,
  • if there is a risk that levels of pollution may exceed the acceptable thresholds, to prevent the threat short-term plans to reduce road traffic, construction works, and certain industrial activities must be implemented,
  • national authorities must ensure, that not only social, but also environmental, consumer and other relevant organizations, including public health authorities and industrial federations, are informed about the quality of the outdoor air in their area,
  • EU governments must publish annual reports on all pollutants listed in this legal act.

Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, dated October 25, 2012, on energy efficiency, amending Directives 2009/125/EC and 2010/30/EU and repealing Directives 2004/8/EC and 2006/32 /EC

The European Union faces unprecedented challenges resulting from the growing dependence on the energy import and the limited energy resources, as well as the need to reduce the climate change and overcome the economic crisis.Energy efficiency is one of the best ways to meet these challenges.It increases the level of security of the Union's energy supply by reducing the primary energy consumption and the energy import.It also contributes to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions in a cost-effective way, and thus to mitigate the effects of the climate change.Switching to the more energy-efficient economy should also lead to faster popularization of innovative technological solutions and improved competitiveness of the EU industry, stimulation of economic growth and creation of high quality jobs in sectors related to the energy efficiency.

The European Council conclusions highlight the need to increase energy efficiency in the EU to achieve the objective of 20% savings in the primary energy consumption in the Union by the year 2020, in relation to forecasts.The goal set out by the European Council in June 2010, to increase the energy efficiency by 20% until 2020 - which is not being implemented at the present time - must be achieved.According to forecasts developed in 2007, the primary energy consumption in 2020 will amount to 1,842Mtoe.The reduction by 20% gives the amount of 1,474Mtoe in 2020, i.e. the decrease by 368Mtoe of the forecast value.

The energy efficiency was recognized as the key element of the EU energy strategy for the year 2020, and there has been pointed out the need to enable all Member States to separate the energy consumption from economic growth.

The Directive establishes a common framework for activities promoting the energy efficiency in the EU to achieve this goal - increase of the energy efficiency by 20% (reduction of the primary energy consumption by 20%) until 2020, and to pave the way for further energy efficiency improvement, even after the deadline.In addition, it defines the rules developed to remove barriers in the energy market, and to overcome any improprieties in the functioning of this market.It also provides for the establishment of national energy efficiency goals for the year 2020.

The implementation of the Directive should result in a 17% increase of the energy efficiency by 2020, which is a lower value, than the 20% set out in the 20/20/20 Climate and Energy Package.

Long-term National Development Strategy - Poland 2030.The Third Wave of Modernity

This document, according to the provisions of the Act on the principles of development policy, dated  December 6, 2006 (Art. 9.1,) is defining main trends, challenges and scenarios of socio-economic development of the country and the directions of the spatial management in the country, including the principles of sustainable development, and covers the period of at least 15 years.It constitutes the broadest and most general element of the new national development management system, the assumptions of which were set out in the Act on the principles of the national development policy, and in the document on Assumptions of the management system for the development of Poland, accepted by the Council of Ministers on April 27, 2009.In the case of this Strategy, it covers the period of almost 20 years, as the time horizon adopted for its preparation is set for the year 2030.The supplement to the strategic framework for the development of Poland until 2030 is the Concept of the national spatial management, accepted by the Council of Ministers on March 16, 2012.

The strategic goals and directions of intervention in the area of competitiveness and innovations of the economy include, among others, energy security and the environment.

According to the document, in 2030, in Poland, the economic growth and social changes will be aligned with the improvement of the state of the environment - one of the basic conditions for a good quality of life.This will be possible thanks to the spatial management system, which from the central to the local level will support the process of making investment decisions, and, at the same time, protect particularly valuable natural resources.Ensured will be stable and diversified fuel and energy supplies, as well as the adequate strategic stocks.Greenhouse gas emissions will decrease through, i.a., the development of nuclear energy, renewable energy sources and the introduction of new low- and zero-emission technologies.Poland will become a country with frugal and efficient economy, where energy and natural resources are used in a rational way.An increasingly important element of the energy system will be the distributed energy generation and micro generation, constituting a part of the functioning wide system of smart grids.Poland will effectively reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, water and air pollution, eliminate illegal dumping sites and minimize the amount of waste going to the rubbish dumps, while at the same time it will ensure the preservation of biodiversity and its unique landscape.This will be possible thanks to the better recognition and assessment of the natural environment  values, as well as the well-developed ecological awareness of the citizens.Poland in the vision of 2030 will also become a country, which can very well identify the threats associated with the effects of the climate change both, those associated with the gradual temperature increase and those arising from the extreme weather phenomena, that will be occurring more and more often.Despite the significant investments it already made, Poland will continuously expand and modernize its protective infrastructure by adapting to the new environmental conditions.

One of the objectives of the Strategy is to ensure energy security as well as protection and improvement of the environment, along with the direction of intervention assigned to it: increasing the level of the environmental protection.

National Development Strategy 2020

The ŚSRK is the most important document defining the strategic goals for the country development until the year 2020, crucial for determining particular development activities.Taking into account the key challenges described in the DSRK, it indicates the strategic tasks of the state, which must necessarily be undertaken to strengthen development processes (along with the estimated amounts of financial resources needed.)

The growing demographic pressure and economic growth have impact on the global ecosystem in an unprecedented scale.The problem of maintaining a healthy, capable of restoring its resources and diversity environment has become a key political, economic and social challenge, becoming the domain of growing interest of state, regional and local authorities.The basic issues resulting from the civilization induced pressure on the environment include water management (protection against flood, drought and water deficit, and ensuring access to clean drinking water,) waste management (maintaining the hierarchy of waste processing, using the best available techniques and technologies and analysis of a product life cycle,) preserving biodiversity (protection of nature and natural landscapes,) as well as the protection of air.Of great importance become the issues of proper protection and reaction to the effects of the climate change, especially the excessive heating of the Earth atmosphere, i.e. the so-called greenhouse effect and the resulting from these changes floods, droughts and other unfavourable weather phenomena of high intensity.Also considered will be the changes taking place in the status of conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.Creating flexible systems for monitoring the climate change in order to be able to react quickly and organize the appropriate security measures, which shall allow to reduce the scale of damages and devastation - becomes a priority.Also necessary is transform towards the green, low-emission economy, which should be conducted in a way allowing to create the new sources of economic growth, based on the development of environmental technologies, contributing to the creation of green jobs.

The objectives of the Strategy are, among others, energy security and the environment.Achieving the sustainable development through harmonious combination of economic growth and requirements for environmental protection will be one of the main challenges in the development of Poland.Preserving natural resources in a non-deteriorated condition, and ultimately increasing their durability and quality, cannot be treated as an obstacle to the country's development.This is a prerequisite for further improvement of the quality of life, implementation of the human right to access the environment preserved in good condition.The basic tasks become, on the one hand, meeting the growing demand for raw materials and energy, and on the other - finding such solutions to minimize the negative impact on the environment, which would not hamper the economic growth, but rather create new incentives for its stimulation, especially in the non-urbanized areas.

The priority directions of public intervention include:

  • Rational resource management,
  • Improvement of energy efficiency,
  • Increased diversification of fuel and energy supplies,
  • Improvement of the state of the environment,
  • Adaptation to the climate change.

The factors determining quality of the environment are, above all, the purity of air, water, soil and the proper management of waste.In these areas, there are still issues requiring regulation and adjustment to the level consistent with the strategic directions of the European Union's activities.Therefore, it will be important to keep investing in the water protection and water and sewage management, waste management and air protection, as well as taking actions to enable the adjustment of market participants to the challenges of sustainable development.These undertakings should be accompanied by the improvement of the environment management mechanisms, including the improvement of sharing the environmental data.Air quality will be improved by the long-term measures aiming to reduce emissions of dust and other air pollutants, in particular from the most emission prone sectors (energy, transport,) from the scattered emission sources (small industrial plants, small boiler rooms,) and individual housing (so-called low emission.)The use of innovative technologies in industry, alternative fuels and solutions increasing the efficiency of fuel and energy consumption in the transport sector will be promoted, as well as the use of the low-emission fuels in the housing units.There will be created a system for managing the national greenhouse gas emission limits.By the year 2020, the EU will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 20% in relation to 1990.After accepting in the energy and climate package the reference level for the year 2005, Poland, together with other EU countries, will reduce by 2020 the emission of greenhouse gases in the EU ETS emissions trading system by 21%, while in the non-ETS area, Poland will have the right to increase the emissions by 14% in 2020, in relation to 2005. There will be supported a long-term emission reduction policy, significantly encouraging changes in production technologies.Strengthened will be the activities targeted to protect groundwater and surface water, by reducing their pollution from point and area sources.

The quality of water will be improved by activities related to organizing the sewage management system, in particular the completion of the objectives and tasks of the National Program for Municipal Wastewater Treatment (NPMWW,) which assumes supplying agglomerations with municipal sewage treatment plants and collective sewage systems, and the implementation of parallel tasks in the areas not included in the NPMWW programme.In order to reduce the amount of pollution resulting from agricultural activities, there will be promoted spreading of the knowledge on environmental protection through the dissemination of good agricultural practices.Actions will also be taken to protect the unique ecosystems, as well as the flora and fauna associated with the agricultural and fisheries sectors, as well as the activities aimed at minimizing the risk of introducing to the environment any alien species, which could become a threat to the native species.

It will be necessary to complete the process of building the effective waste management system, in particular in the areas of municipal and dangerous waste disposal.The paramount objective of the waste management policy should be prevention of waste generation, with solving the waste problems “at the source” and the maximum possible recovery of the materials and/or energy contained in the waste.Activities will include the implementation and execution of the “3U” principle (Polish: unikaj powstawania odpadów, użyj ponownie, utylizuj; English: avoid waste, reuse, recycle) and the management of circulation.The activities will include, among others: introduction of a selective waste collection system all around Poland, construction of recovery installations (including recycling,) and safe disposal of waste, closing and reclamation of communal waste dump sites, which fail to comply with legally set standards or constitute a threat to the environment, liquidation of “wild” dump sites, reducing the amount of waste ending up on a dump site, i.a. through the recovery process.The necessary legislative changes will be introduced, which will remove obstacles for the priority investment projects in the field of modern waste management.An important area of activities will also be the promotion of sustainable production and consumption, as well as sustainable industrial policy.The transformation process towards the green (low-emission) economy will be accompanied by structural changes in the national economy, mainly due to the dynamic development of medium and high technology sectors and services.An important task shall also be the reduction of health problems resulting from the environment pollution, first of all by reducing the cases of releasing dangerous substances and effective control over substances introduced into the environment (E-PRTR, REACH)[2].

Not without importance will be the activities for sustainable development, such as: conducting integrated product policy (ZPP,) promoting environmental technologies, implementing environmentally friendly production models and consumption patterns.In this context, particularly important will be the activities undertaken within the framework of the idea of the efficient use of resources, which aims to integrate environment and economy in the way allowing to obtain the greatest possible resource productivity with a minimal impact on the environment.

Also assumed is implementing the noise protection policy, including limiting the impact of noise sources, construction of acoustic screens, development of noise monitoring system, construction of roads bypassing towns and cities, use of quiet road surfaces.There will be implemented activities aimed at supporting development and promotion of Polish environmental technologies, creating ecological attitudes among Poles and spreading ecological education, introducing conditions for creation of green jobs, promoting “green” purchases in public administration and business sectors.Formulated will be methods for eliminating natural and spatial conflicts and barriers to sustainable development, as well as minimizing the negative effects of the possible collisions, especially the ones arising between development programmes and protected areas, including those in the Natura 2000 programme.For this purpose, there will be used, i.a. the environmental impact assessments.

Regarding the organizing of spatial management, there will be initiatives to limit the potential negative impact of the further economic development on the environment, especially in connection with the development of communication networks, for example by providing the right amount of properly located passageways for animals in Natura 2000 areas.Sustainable infrastructure will play an important role in the process of transferring the economy onto a green path.Priority will also be given to shape up the high-quality urban space.The increasing role of the large urban centres requires the creation of standards for sustainable development in urban areas and changes in the approach to the environmental protection in these areas.Implemented will be activities for the sustainable spatial management of cities to improve the quality of life i cities, among others via creating public spaces, green infrastructure of urban functional areas, aeration zones for cities, quiet zones.Cities, being the urbanized, industrial agglomerations, large population centres, have a significant impact on the environment not only within their borders, but also in their wide surroundings.Actions will be taken to manage the urban environment and adapt cities to the climate change.Low-emission solutions will be implemented, including in the field of sustainable urban transport, improvement of the efficiency of heating infrastructure, modernization of lighting, etc.

Strategy for Energy Security and the Environment - perspective until 2020.

The BEiŚ Strategy covers two areas: energy and environment, indicating, i.a., the key reforms and necessary actions, which should be undertaken during the period until 2020.

Accommodating both, the economic growth with care for the environment, is currently one of the greatest challenges facing Poland.This is particularly important in the context of changes taking place in the global economy, related to the striving to increase the standard of living of citizens, the need for efficient use of natural resources and the need to change patterns of production and consumption.The basic condition for sustainable development is to guarantee the high quality of life to current and future generations, while using the available resources in a rational way.This approach is dominant in the international economic relations, and in the recent years it has focused on the need to transform socio-economic systems along the principles of the so-called green economy.

One of the main objectives of the Strategy is to improve the state of the environment.Human activity, often adversely, affects the environment.The decrease of this negative impact requires a series of measures, including the promotion of new consumption and production patterns, and the change in the approach to the efficient use of resources.Ambitious environmental standards can stimulate introduction of innovative solutions and thus prompt development of business.The achievement of the main objective will be realized through the implementation of specific goals, i.e.:

  • Ensuring access to clean water for population and businesses,
  • Rational waste management, including using waste to generate energy,
  • Air protection, including reducing the impact of the energy sector,
  • Supporting new and promoting Polish energy and environmental technologies,
  • Promoting ecological behaviour and preparing conditions for the creation of green jobs.

An additional educational and promotional activity will be the dissemination among entrepreneurs the sustainable production patterns, including environmental management systems.The application of more environmentally efficient solutions in businesses, along with the increase of ecological awareness in society, will become an indispensable requirement resulting from the market demands.

  III. ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATES IN ORDER COMPLETION

  1. According to the document “Procedure of Order Completion While Taking into Account Environmental Aspects,” the company Bracia Bertrand sp. z o.o. sp.k defines the criteria for the evaluation of bids submitted as part of the procurement procedure, taking into account environmental aspects.These include, among others, the following equivalent certificates concerning the product’s properties:

ENERGY STAR

Environmental certificate awarded to energy-saving products and those reducing emissions of the gases, which are the cause of the greenhouse effect.

EMAS

Certificate awarded to products focused on the economical use of energy and resources.

ISO 14001

Environmental certificate awarded to energy-saving products.

CARBON NEUTRAL PRODUCT

Environmental certificate proving, that greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of a given product are being “nullified” through the settlement of carbon credits granted for the implementation of renewable, emission-free energy projects, such as wind farms, solar systems or systems reducing energy consumption.

BLUE ANGEL

Environmental certificate which applies primarily to the processing of raw materials and the production of the final product in ways minimizing the negative impact on the environment.

While qualifying products, the following properties are being assessed: saving of raw materials, reduction of pollution, noise reduction, elimination or reduction of waste and the possibility of re-using the waste.

 IV. REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTRACTORS/SUPPLIERS

  1. I. General conditions
  1. Contractors/Subcontractors/Suppliers completing orders on behalf of the Bracia Bertrand sp. z o.o. sp.k. are obliged to:
  • comply with the environmental protection regulations, in particular regarding:
  1. protection of soil, water and the earth's surface by preventing contamination with harmful substances, e.g. oils, greases, paints, products containing dangerous substances and mixtures,
  2. economical use of water,
  3. maintaining cleanliness and order in the area of work, used premises or building,
  4. storing the generated waste in a manner ensuring the environmental protection and in a manner agreed with the Employer,
  5. using factory containers for hazardous substances and mixtures, with the appropriate safeguards and markings.
  • application of the required by legal environmental protection regulations or defined in the administrative decisions technical measures protecting the environment (if applicable,)
  • application of the appropriate technological solutions, specified in legal regulations or administrative decisions,
  • compliance with the legally required tests and inspections, specified in legal regulations, emission standards and defined in the emission conditions permits.
  1. The precondition for the completion of an order is signature of a Contractor/Subcontractor/Supplier on the Statement, text of which is provided at the end of this document.
  1. During the completion of an order, all measures must be taken to protect the existing vegetation, if it is not intended for removal.
  1. II. Waste Management
  1. During the completion of an order, the Contractor/Subcontractor/Supplier is obliged to conduct waste management in accordance with the applicable regulations.
  2. All works should be carried out in the way allowing to minimize the amount of generated waste and to limit to the necessary minimum the extent of land and the technical interference in the ground and water resources, by:
  • proper preparation and organization of work facilities and machines,
  • recovery and selective gathering of building materials,
  • separate gathering of ground removed from excavations, debris waste mixed with ground masses, waste debris for possible use in a processed form,
  • furnishing the construction site and its facilities with selective waste collection stations, according to the waste types and the possibilities of its use or disposal.
  1. The waste should be transferred to an entity holding the appropriate administrative decisions regarding e.g. transportation, collection and treatment of waste (if applicable.)
  1. Waste should be removed from the workplace without undue delay.
  1. The waste generated as a result of construction works should be collected and stored in a selective manner, with the use of measures to prevent its negative impact on the environment.
  1. Waste should be collected in a selective manner and remain unambiguous as to its nature (e.g. designated by the name of the waste.)
  1. In the event of collection of waste likely to cause leakage, the place of its storage should be equipped with neutralizing substances.
  1. In places where the work is carried out, it is forbidden to incinerate waste, objects, etc.
  • III. Storage of the hazardous substances and/or mixtures
  1. Substances and/or hazardous mixtures intended for the performance of work must be stored in a manner that protects the environment (if applicable.)
  1. All hazardous substances and/or mixtures should be protected in the way minimizing contamination of water, soil or atmospheric air.
  1. The place of storage of hazardous substances and/or mixtures should be equipped with the substances allowing to neutralize any spills and contaminations, measures for restricting their spread, and containers for collection of the contaminants together with used neutralizing substances.
  1. IV. Environmental Threats and Damages
  1. Work stations should be organized in the way preventing the entry of pollutants into the earth environment.
  1. Faulty machinery, causing an increase of the acoustic impact or pollutant emissions to the atmosphere, should be eliminated.
  1. If it proves necessary to repair an equipment in the place of work, the area should be protected against possible leakage of operating fluids.At the place of repair, there must be present sorptive materials.If possible, the repair should be carried out on a sealed surface.
  1. If, despite all precautions, water, soil or atmospheric air pollution has occurred and an environmental hazard has taken place, all must be done to minimize the effects of pollution, in the manner appropriate to the type of contamination.

    V. DECLARATION FOR CONTRACTORS/SUPPLIERS

S T A T E M E N T

 

On behalf of the Contractor completing an order in the procurement proceedings on behalf of the Bracia Bertrand sp. z o.o. sp.k, ul.Wejherowska 12, 84-242 Luzino, NIP:588-19-46-629, REGON:192-042-297, KRS:0000375408, I hereby undertake to:

  1. continuously improve our environmental activities,
  2. proceed in accordance with the environmental protection law and other environmental regulations, applicable in the activities of suppliers,
  3. prevent an environmental pollution,
  4. pro-ecological waste management, ensuring proper segregation enabling the transfer of waste for reuse or disposal, in accordance with the requirements of the environmental protection laws,
  5. encourage our own suppliers and subcontractors to become aware of the responsibility for environment, and to implement their own repair programs, and to apply the sustainable development policy,
  6. acquaint all persons participating in the order completion with the content of the above requirements for Contractors/Suppliers, no later than before the commencement of the execution of the agreement.

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[1] Małgorzata Gasz, Europe 2020 Strategy - Assumptions and Prospects for Completion, Social Inequalities and Economic Growth, No. 38, pp. 85-97, 2014.

[2] E-PRTR - European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register; REACH - Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council, dated December 18, 2006, on the Registration, Evaluation of Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and the creation of a European Chemicals Agency, amending Directive 1999/45/EC and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No. 793/93 and Reg.of the Commission (EC) No. 1488/94, as well as Council Directive 76/769/EEC and Commission Directives 91/155/EEC, 93/67/EEC, 93/105/EC and 200/21/EC on the safe use of chemicals, by their registration and evaluation, and in some cases releases and restrictions on the trade and use of certain chemicals.

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