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Chairman & CEO Note

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A Very Special Year

By Antoni F. Reczek OBE and Paweł Siwecki


Antoni Reczek, chairman of the board, and Paweł Siwecki, CEO, look back at highlights of the BPCC's Silver Jubilee celebrations.

Editorial Note

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Editorial note

By Michael Dembinski, chief advisor and Dorota Kierbiedź, membership director


This issue of Contact Magazine Online focuses on two subjects which are becoming inseparable – energy and the environment.

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Looking for the energy opportunities

Janusz Bil, the new head of the Department of International Trade's energy section at the British Embassy in Warsaw, talks to Michael Dembinski about the potential for UK investment in Poland.


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Getting Poland ready for GDPR

Maciej Kawecki, deputy director at the Department for Data Processing at the Ministry of Digital Affairs, talks to Michael Dembinski, the BPCC's chief advisor, about how the Polish state is preparing to implement the EU General Data Protection Regulations.

Energy & Environment

Land surface contamination and remediation

by Katarzyna Jankowska, senior environmental specialist, Arcadis


The problem of land surface contamination may apply to virtually every type of real estate, especially in urban and post-industrial areas. Basically, wherever human activity has left its mark. The correct definition of land surface contamination and effectively remediating it while meeting legal requirements is a task for professionals.

Energy & Environment

Water challenges 2018

by Martyna Robakowska and Dominik Wałkowski, Environment practice, Wardyński & Partners


The New Year will bring new a Water Law Act, an overhaul of water management authorities, the introduction of the concept of water services and water assessment, and revised rules of water fees.

Energy & Environment

Environmental due-diligence audits and Polish law on contaminated lands

Magdalena Pavlak-Chiaradia, managing director, partner and Agata Godlewska-Hejduk, senior consultant, ERM Polska


Increased environmental awareness in Poland.

Energy & Environment

Automating the energy sector in the UK

by Tom Dove, sales manager, Elsta Ltd


The UK is one of the fast-growing leaders in the renewable energy sector.

Energy & Environment

Revised draft act on electromobility and alternative fuels announced

By Grzegorz Filipowicz, senior associate, Energy Advisory Team, Infrastructure & Energy Practice, Domański Zakrzewski Palinka sp. k.


The Ministry of Energy has been working on a new regulatory environment for electromobility in Poland for over a year.


Energy & Environment


By Adam Białkowski, lead auditor ISO 50001, BSI Group Polska


Global interest in energy security is growing and is reflected in the number of initiatives carried out in all EU member states at the level of government and non-governmental institutions.

Energy & Environment

Application of the public-private partnership model in the water and sewage management sector

By Agnieszka Ferek, partner at Baker McKenzie, and Inez Handzlik, associate at Baker McKenzie in Warsaw

The water and sewage sector is commonly associated with the state.

Energy & Environment

Workwear services: reducing the environmental burden through top-notch ecological solutions

By Anna Wegner, DBL Poznan Wynajem Odzieży Roboczej


The Earth's natural resources are shrinking at an alarming rate.

Energy & Environment

The state and potential development of small and mini-hydropower plants in Poland - environmental determinants

by Dr Aneta Afelt, climate change leader, senior consultant, Bartosz Silczak, consultant and Anna Pabianek, GIS specialist, Water and Environment Team, Mott MacDonald Poland


Hydropower is one of the oldest energy resources in Poland, although during that time it did not gain great popularity.

Energy & Environment

Due diligence for waste management from manufacturing

Randy Michael Mott, director for Europe, Africa and the Middle East CHWMEG Inc.


Waste handled by third parties off-site may be one of the biggest supply-chain threats to a manufacturer.

Energy & Environment

Derogations freely given

by Daniel Chojnacki, counsel, Environmental Advisory Team, Infrastructure & Energy Practice, Domański Zakrzewski Palinka sp. k.


A Polish Perspective on BAT Conclusions.

Energy & Environment

On the road to more eco-friendly warehouses

by Kamil Szymański, associate director, Industrial Agency, Savills


In recent years, interest in certified industrial buildings has been growing.

Energy & Environment

Investing, improving, helping

by Dorota Adamska, director of corporate and external communication


Whatever the trends and tendencies, BP wishes to remain the leading energy provider for transport and meet the present and future needs of its customers.

Energy & Environment

All change on the environmental front

Agnieszka Skorupińska, counsel, head of Environmental Law Practice, CMS


The pace of development of Poland’s environmental law in recent years has been fast and looks set to get even faster.

Energy & Environment

Waste management: When local governments and private companies partner up, who stands to benefit?

By Tomasz Korczyński, counsel at Dentons’ Warsaw office, co-head of the PPP practice in Poland


When local governments team up with private companies to implement investment projects, they gain access to more capital, but in many cases they also have more certainty that their projects will be completed on time and within the planned budget.

Energy & Environment

Smart technologies, or how intelligent systems protect water and air

By Agnieszka Klich-Dubik, senior marketing specialist, Future Processing


Half a billion litres of water saved, the amount of water consumed by 20,000 people annually, and much quicker response to water supply failures.


Internet fraud: Legal protection from a criminal and civil perspective

by Paweł Mazur, Janusz Tomczak and Krzysztof Wojdyło, Wardyński & Partners


The internet has overwhelmed our private and professional lives. This applies to international trade, where the great majority of transactions are now conducted via email.


Why study in the UK?

By Dorota Kraśniewska, partnerships and projects manager, British Council


Each year almost 450,000 students from across 200 nations come to the UK to study at its colleges and universities.


Health and safety training for migrant workers in their native language

by Magda Pavlak-Chiaradia, ERM Polska


Over the past few years, Poland has been been facing an increasing shortage of available labour as unemployment falls to ever-lower levels.


Tech for the home

What's the link between virtual-reality visualisations of home interiors and household insurance?