28 Jul 2022

Poland is considering expanding the deposit-refund scheme to include single-use glass packaging

At a press conference held on 2 June, the Ministry of Climate and Environment announced the current concept for transposing the SUP Directive into Polish law, including introducing a deposit scheme for product packaging in Poland. Meanwhile, the Ministry’s idea goes beyond the guidelines in the Directive, by proposing expansion of the deposit-refund scheme to […]

20 Mar 2022

SUP Directive awaiting implementation in Poland

Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (SUP Directive) was to be transposed into Polish law by 3 July 2021. In December 2021, the government presented the new proposal of an act transposing the […]

02 Nov 2021

BAT Conclusions annulled as a result of Poland’s action – but only formally

On 11 October 2017, Poland filed an action with the CJEU against an EC decision adopting the BAT Conclusions. In a judgment of 27 January 2021, case T-699/17, the General Court annulled the EC’s decision. Did this in fact affect the situation of large combustion plants (LCPs), which were required to comply with the conclusions […]

31 May 2022

What is the status of EU Taxonomy under the current climate?

According to the European Commission website, The EU taxonomy is a classification system, establishing a list of environmentally sustainable economic activities.[1]. It is aimed at providing entrepreneurs and regulators with definitions of  which economic activities can be considered environmentally sustainable[2]. In other words, the taxonomy should be a system which makes it possible to clarify which […]

16 Dec 2021

Amendment to waste act signed by president

On 23 November 2021, the President of Poland signed into law the Act of 17 November 2021 amending the Waste Act and certain other acts (Journal of Laws 2021, item 2151). The act implements the European Parliament and Council waste directives.