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An article by Kamil Iwicki, Adam Wawrzynowicz and Marcel Krzanowski, “Decarbonized gases – accelerating the transformation of the gas industry” appeared in the June issue of “Przeglądzie Gazowniczym”

The authors point out that the European Commission’s REPowerEU directly states that natural gas will no longer be promoted as a bridging fuel in the energy transition process. Therefore, programmes financed by the EU budget will primarily support the development of the biomethane, and the green and blue hydrogen sectors. Member States, including Poland, will have to set up an adequate hydrogen infrastructure, using both the existing natural gas system and the system dedicated exclusively to hydrogen. The text emphasizes the particular importance of building so-called multi-energy systems, i.e. close integration of the power and gas systems or – in the future – hydrogen systems.

VIII Congress of the Polish Gas Industry, “The gas market – a new reality”

Adam Wawrzynowicz took part in two discussion panels during the VIII Congress of the Polish Gas Industry, “The gas market – a new reality”. The panel themes were “System solutions for gas supply” and “The business environment for the gas industry”. Adam, as a panelist, raised  issues primarily related to the impact of the so-called EU taxomy on the financing of gas projects and the regulatory environment for the development of the hydrogen, biogas and biomethane sector in Poland and the European Union.

Online training from MMC Polska, “Legal regulations and settlements regarding prosumers”

Kamil Iwicki conducted an online training event organized by MMC Polska and entitled,  “Legal regulations and settlements regarding prosumers” . The training examined the prosumer market after the amendment of the RES Act and the Energy Law of 29 October 2021. The participants were explained how to understand the provisions regulating the functioning of new entities on the market (virtual and collective prosumer) and the rules of prosumer settlements in the net-billing system. In addition, the possibilities of qualifying for the “old” system (net-metering), the transition from one system to another and something new for the prosumer market – the rules for the use of energy storage – were presented.

25th GAZTERM Conference

Adam Wawrzynowicz, Managing Partner of W&W, led Panel no. VIII entitled, “The prospects of gas as a bridging fuel in the context of the current methane strategy and EU taxonomy” during the 25th GAZTERM 2022 Conference. The topic of the panelists’ talks was the issue of the status of natural gas as a bridge fuel in the face of tightening climate policy. The talks concerned new technologies in the energy sector, financing the decarbonisation of the gas industry, barriers faced by energy companies on the way to greening their activities and the so-called EU taxonomy.

The panelists included Artur Cieślik (PGNiG SA), Krzysztof Hnatio (Tauron Polska Energia S.A.), Jakub Pokrzywniak (WKB Law Firm) and Bartłomiej Mazurkiewicz (PGNiG Ventures sp. z. o.o.).

Adam Wawrzynowicz, President of the Court of Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce of the Gas Industry

Adam Wawrzynowicz, managing partner of W&W, has been appointed President of the Court of Arbitration at the Chamber of Commerce of the Gas Industry for a three-year term of office by a resolution of the Chamber’s Management Board.

The Court of Arbitration at the Chamber of Commerce of the Gas Industry was established as a result of the implementation of the decision of the General Meeting of Members of the Chamber of Commerce of the Gas Industry on 7 April 2009. It operates on the basis of the Statute and the Rules of Operation of the Court of Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce of the Gas Industry. It brings together entrepreneurs and experts from various sectors, including energy, economic, civil, gas, and public procurement law.

Article by Marcel Krzanowski and Adam Wawrzynowicz in the March Issue of “Przeglądu Gazowniczego”

An article by Marcel Krzanowski and Adam Wawrzynowicz was published in the March issue of “Przegląd Gazowniczy” entitled, “The European Commission has presented two important packages of legal changes regarding the gas industry”.

At the end of last year, the European Commission published long-awaited projects to decarbonise the gas sector. The presented reform provides answers to the questions posed so far about the future shape of the regulatory environment for the natural gas and hydrogen market.

The authors analyze the proposed changes presented in the article and identify areas requiring further work.

Symposium – “Polish Green Deal – program for the gas industry”

Adam Wawrzynowicz, managing partner of W&W, participated in a panel discussion during the symposium “Polish Green Deal – program for the gas industry”, which took place on January 14-16, 2022 in Zakopane. This year’s Symposium, periodically organized by the Chamber of Commerce for the Gas Industry, was devoted to the green transformation of the gas industry. Adam Wawrzynowicz introduced the participants to the assumptions of the proposed regulations for hydrogen and other renewable fuels, in particular the assumptions of the new gas package published by the European Commission in mid-December 2021.

Article by Adam Wawrzynowicz and Marcel Krzanowski in the December issue of “Przegląd Gazniczy”

Adam Wawrzynowicz and Marcel Krzanowski are the co-authors of an article for the December issue of ‘Przegląd Gazniczy’ entitled ” The involvement of the Chamber of Commerce for the Gas Industry in the development of the hydrogen and biogas sector”.

The authors discuss activities for the development of the biogas and biomethane sectors as well as the process for building strategy and drafting legislative change.

Lecture on the “Administrative and legal options in the fight against graffiti”

W&W lawyer, Marcel Krzanowski delivered a lecture on the administrative and legal options which can help in the fight against graffiti. The paper focused primarily on the difficulties faced by municipal government bodies and preservers and custodians of historic buildings in preventing and removing unwanted graffiti from the facades of private buildings. The author also cited examples of actions taken by the local government administration bodies that are responsible for policy to counteract the phenomena, and looked at solutions utilised by legislators in other countries that can serve as models in this regard. The greatest interest in the audience was aroused by the topic of cooperation between communal governments and local street artists.

VIII National Seminar on ‘The Law for the Protection of Historic Buildings’

W&W lawyer, Marcel Krzanowski had the opportunity to take part in the VIII National Seminar on ‘The Law for the Protection of Historic Buildings’ in Lubostroń, as organised for young scientists, doctoral students and students of Professor Jan Pruszyński. His lecture focused on the installation of photovoltaic installations by the owners of historic buildings. The issues raised by Marcel were appreciated by the organizers.