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Heat and Gas Forum

The Heat and Gas Forum, organized by the Polish District Heating Chamber of Commerce, took place on the 22-24 June 2021. The main topic of the event was the role of gaseous fuels in the process of the transformation of the Polish heating sector. The challenges faced by the heating sector in connection with the “green transformation” and the opportunities that can be associated with gaseous fuels, in particular natural gas, were identified during the conference.

One of the speakers at the Heat and Gas Forum was the managing partner of W&W, Adam Wawrzynowicz, who discussed the decarbonisation of the gas sector in the light of the European Union’s strategy and regulations.

We encourage you to read the report from the event, available at the link: https://www.forumcieplaigazu.pl/live

 

An article by Adam Wawrzynowicz and Tomasz Brzeziński in the April issue of ‘Gas Review’

An article by Adam Wawrzynowicz and Tomasz Brzeziński on regulations in the field of agricultural biogas and biomethane was published in a special April issue of Przegląd Gazniczy (Gas Review).

The authors explain the issues connected with the relevant regulations, in particular in the context of the potential introduction of agricultural biogas and biomethane to gas networks, as well as their use in the transport sector.

The article refers not only to the possibility of exploiting these fuels, but also discusses the existing legal barriers that stand in the way of the use of agricultural biogas and biomethane for the purposes of Poland’s implementation of renewable energy objectives.

The 4th National Scientific Conference on Real Estate Law: The COVID-19 pandemic and the future of the real estate market

Wawrzynowicz i Wspólnicy was a partner for this year’s edition of the National Scientific Conference on Real Estate Law: The COVID-19 pandemic and the future of the real estate market.

The conference was divided into three thematic panels: “The influence of the epidemiological state on short-term and commercial rental”; “The functioning of the real estate market in the light of selected regulations related to counteracting COVID-19”; “COVID-19 and the development of new methods of real estate brokerage.”

As part of the second panel, a lecture entitled, “Energy efficiency and the decarbonisation of buildings – new regulatory challenges” was delivered by Adam Wawrzynowicz, managing partner at Wawrzynowicz i Wspólnicy.

The conference took place on April 28, 2021, and as many as 380 participants took part in it.

Article by Adam Wawrzynowicz and Tomasz Brzeziński in the March issue of “Przegląd Gazniczy”

The March issue of ‘Przegląd Gazniczy’ included an article by Adam Wawrzynowicz and Tomasz Brzeziński on the latest legislative changes for the gas industry at the EU level. The article presents the solutions proposed in the so-called Hydrogen and Gas Markets Decarbonisation Package – a set of regulations providing for the revision of two key legal acts for the gas sector, i.e. Regulation (EC) No 715/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of July 13, 2009 on the conditions for access to natural gas transmission networks and repealing the regulation ( EC) No 1775/2005 and Directive 2009/73 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas and repealing Directive 2003/55 / EC. The article also highlights the planned changes aimed at facilitating the development of the hydrogen market and the expansion of the infrastructure dedicated to it.

ARTICLE BY ADAM WAWRZYNOWICZ AND TOMASZ BRZEZIŃSKI IN THE MARCH ISSUE OF “PRZEGLĄD GAZOWNICZY””

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

The December issue of ‘Przegląd Gazniczy’ contained an article by Adam Wawrzynowicz on green alternatives to natural gas. The text is based on the observations of the experts who took part in the SESSION II panel “The future of gas industry – biomethane” during the 7th Congress of the Polish Gas Industry.

Biomethane is considered to be a green alternative to natural gas as it is classed as a decarbonised gas, and the production of biogas and biomethane has a great potential to reduce uncontrolled methane emissions from waste disposal. Poland can offer great development opportunities for the biogas industry, especially because of the possibility of achieving the National Index Target with the use of biomethane and, in addition, because of the EU policy aimed at introducing renewable gases into gas networks.

Adam Wawrzynowicz, managing partner of W&W, guested as a speaker at the 1st National Scientific Conference on European Climate Law – “the Ecological future of Europe”, as organized by ELSA Poznan

In his speech, the representative of the W&W law firm raised the issue of natural gas as a transformative fuel on the Polish road to a low-emission economy. W&W’s portal ‘Energia.edu.pl’ was privileged to be the media sponsors of the event.

W&W’s Managing Partner, Adam Wawrzynowicz was honoured to act as a panelist and panel moderator during the 7th Congress of the Polish Gas Industry 

Adam Wawrzynowicz was a member of a panel devoted to the topic of the development of the biomethane market in Poland. The contribution of the W&W expert focused on regulatory aspects and the urgent need to create a support system for biomethane producers, so that the gas industry is able to adequately respond  to the demand generated by entities obliged to meet the National Indicative Target in the transport sector.
On the second day of the Congress, Adam Wawrzynowicz acted as the moderator for the panel dealing with the topic, “Prospects for the development of the gas market”, the panelists of which were representatives of leading Polish gas companies (members of the management boards of PGNIG OD, GSP, PSG), representatives of the Ministry of Climate and Environment, representatives of OGP Gaz-System and representatives of businesses related to the gas industry (Transition Technologies).
The congress was streamed from the studio in Warsaw over the 19th – 20th, 2020. The organizer of the event was the Polish Chamber of Commerce for the Gas Industry.

Adam Wawrzynowicz gave a presentation within the panel devoted to the role of gas in the energy transformation process at the 6th Energy Congress in Wrocław on 7th-8th October 2020

The theme of this year’s edition was the European Green Deal in Poland.

During the two days of debates, the focus of discussion was on topics considered to be a challenge for the coming years, including the implementation of offshore wind energy, Polish decarbonization, the future of green hydrogen, the development of distributed energy, the role of gas as a bridge fuel for energy transformation, and financing mechanisms for investments aimed at achieving climate neutrality.

The participants of the panel in which Adam Wawrzynowicz spoke also included: Jerzy Kwieciński (President of PGNIG SA), Artur Zawartko (Vice President of Gaz-System SA), Ireneusz Krupa (President of PSG), Piotr Zawistowski (President of TGE), Antoni Bielewicz (Director of the European Climate Foundation in Poland).

Article by Tomasz Brzeziński and Adam Wawrzynowicz in the September issue of “Przegląd Gazniczy”

Adam Wawrzynowicz and Tomasz Brzeziński co-authored an article entitled “The current state of the initiatives taken at the EU level to increase the EU climate target for 2030 and implement the European Green Deal.” It was published in the September issue of Przegląd Gazniczy No. 3 (67).

On March 4, 2020, the European Commission, acting in line with the principles of the European Green Deal, adopted a legislative proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework to achieve climate neutrality and amending Regulation (EU) 2018/2019 (European Climate Law) . The regulation provides for an assessment of the EU’s 2030 climate target in terms of its consistency with the 2050 climate neutrality target. As a result of the assessment, the Commission will develop a plan to increase the EU’s 2030 reduction target.

Achieving climate neutrality requires coordinated action across all EU policy areas. The article deals with the most important, from the perspective of the gas industry, initiatives on how to achieve increased the climate goals in the energy sector as recently published by the European Commission. Among the most important for the transformation of the gas sector are the strategies for methane and hydrogen, for energy systems integration, and for the revision of the provisions of the Energy Taxation Directive and the RED II Directive.