Each of us is very well aware of the important role a good neighbour plays in making us feel safe. In the TAURON Group we try to translate this principle derived from private life into building relations with local communities in the vicinity of our assets in southwestern Poland.

Consequently, each company in our generation segment involves its local environment in various ways and conducts regular dialogue, particularly on planning and executing new investments. Initiatives targeting local communities vary by company.

Our companies search for ever newer forms of local cooperation to identify mutual needs, problems and expectations better and, consequently, jointly maximise the positive environmental impact.

The health campaign entitled “Think cordially about your heart” is a package of free of heart and blood circulation tests with advice given by top specialists to 400 inhabitants of Sosnowiec, Dąbrowa Górnicza and Czeladź. These tests were a form of acknowledgement for the inhabitants who showed their patience and understanding during the “Modernisation of the heating systems of Dąbrowa Górnicza, Sosnowiec, Będzin and Czeladź municipalities” in 2014. More than 30 km of the distribution grid were replaced.

As a consequence, several thousand inhabitants of the Zagłębie region pay lower bills for heat. The health campaign “Think cordially about your heart” lasted from July to the end of September 2015. These tests were performer for Zagłębie inhabitants in a facility in Dąbrowa Górnicza. The cities of Sosnowiec, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Będzin and Czeladź and 13 local housing cooperatives partnered. Interested inhabitants could submit applications through the website www.cieploosercu.pl, by filling in an application form. The form was available in hardcopy in the Polish-Americal Heart Clinic in Dąbrowa Górnicza.

The management approach to cooperation with local communities is laid down in communication management strategies for individual investment projects complying with the Rules of Cooperation for Internal and External Communication Management in the TAURON Group. It should be stressed that these rules on communication with the local community take into account the TAURON Group’s overall Information Policy, in particular, rules on information exchange management and in crises.


The management approach to cooperation with local communities is laid down in communication management strategies for individual investment projects complying with the Rules of Cooperation for Internal and External Communication Management in the TAURON Group.

Companies’ local community initiatives in 2015

In February 2015, a meeting with the Dębnik village mayor and village council members was held in connection with the planned extension of mining the deposit.

In 2015 the Czatkowice limestone mine once again supported the local celebration of the World Health Day in Krzeszowice. A frog is the main symbol resulting from a fossil found in the 1970s in our coal mine (Czatkobatrachus Polonicus). That is why the company strongly identifies with the local celebration of this feast. In 2015 over 600 children from local schools and kindergartens participated.

An ecological gathering was also held during the event during which 750 pieces of plant cuttings were distributed. Every year it is the biggest and totally free event for children in the region. In technical terms, event organisation was supported by the Centre of Culture and Sports in Krzeszowice and the Mayor of Krzeszowice Municipality.



In our cooperation with local communities in 2015 our company representatives (Management Board Advisers for contacts with local governments) held 447 meetings with the local authorities: superintendents, mayors and local parliaments to accomplish the following:

  • present details on the company and its operation,
  • offer support and instruction on how to deal with formalities,
  • diagnose and evaluate cooperation,
  • draw conclusions for the future – what is positive, what should be improved and modified,
  • get information on the region’s upcoming investments and economic plans,
  • discuss and handle any issues including street lighting,
  • RES-related issues, crisis response and fixing outages and grid modernisation, company engagement in events and local cultural and social events.

Meetings intend to replicate the best practices of TAURON Dystrybucja with the authorities and the local environment.

Transformed by light is a series of illumination projects run by TAURON Dystrybucja to illuminate important local facilities and promote ecological methods to light streets, roads and buildings and other facilities. Each illumination means cooperation with the local government and the recipient entity. In 2015 a board to commemorate Tadeusz Różewicz was lighted and three illumination workshops targeting local governments, photographers and media were organised in Ustroń, Lubliniec and Katowice.

An album entitled “Transformed by Light” was also issued to document the company’s efforts to bring masterpieces of art into the light. In April 2015 a mapping in the Protestant church in Tarnowskie Góry took place to complete the modernisation of lighting on Krakowska street. The main promenade of the city was illuminated using special lamps placed on beams hanging over the street. This type of lighting fully illuminates the details and is very cost-effective as it uses LED.

TAURON Wydobycie relies on comprehensive design and planning for its production and investment measures while paying special attention to the regular modernisation techniques and technologies used in mines. The aim of this approach is to mitigate damage resulting from mine maintenance, reduce the adverse environmental protection impact by optimising the parameters of underground water pumped to the surface and discharged into rivers, optimising waste management and growing execution effectiveness and preventing pollution that could exert an adverse impact on the local community.

In 2015 the company carried out two strategic investment projects: sinking the “Grzegorz” shaft building the 800 m level in the Janina mine in Libiąż.

The company pursues an active information policy to ensure that their is general understanding for all the measures it will take andthat may affect the environment and local communities. The responsible persons named in a given project’s Register of Stakeholders communicate with individual stakeholders – depending on the stakeholder and type of message.
Stakeholder communication is based on the following:
– Rules of Cooperation for Internal and External Communication Management in the TAURON Group, with special attention paid to the TAURON Group’s Sustainability Strategy defining the stakeholder groups and the TAURON Group’s obligations to them,
– Rules of communication in crises,
– Rules of Cooperation in Information Exchange Management and Investor Relations
– Confidential Information Regulations.
Press releases to the media or opinion-making organisations are first prepared by the Project Team and submitted to the person responsible for external communication in TAURON Wydobycie who sends them to the media (Office of Internal Regulations and Communication). These communication channels enabling bilateral communication are established to satisfy stakeholder expectations and project expectations during preparation and execution:
– seminars, workshops,
– dedicated meetings, working groups,
– press releases, press conferences, articles, interviews,
– bulletins, announcements,
– e-mail, internet, intranet, telephone, standard correspondence.

TAURON Wydobycie introduced rules explicitly defining the procedures in case of mining damage and simplifying the procedure through preparation of agreement templates taking into account various methods of remedying damage. The “Instructions concerning the procedure and rules of conduct to remedy damages resulting from the operation of mines in TAURON Wydobycie” regulate the procedure when a mine generates damages.

When remedying damage, preventive is done in construction facilities by setting up safeguards to handle deformations resulting from mining. According to the rule, each facility with a resistance category 2 notches under the categories of expected deformations is afforded preventive protection. The Instructions contain agreement templates to remedy damages using various methods.

The operations in the table refer to the crisis caused by high energy shocks in the Janina mine on level 207 resulting from the complicated tectonic conditions and steps with large discharges. Steps have been taken to mitigate shock-related damage. The areas in the epicentre of shocks were secured, information meetings with inhabitants from the affected areas were conducted, procedures mitigating damages were introduced. Meetings with inhabitants, local authorities and media were organised. On behalf of TAURON Wydobycie, representatives of the company, the Janina mine, the mining damage department and the tremor department attended. During these meetings, a presentation analysing the tremor threat was shown. The tremor was explained to the inhabitants along with prevention. Representatives of the mining damage department advised of how to report damages and submit applications for compensation. TAURON Wydobycie company has undertaken steps to inform inhabitants in shock areas and the media about the measures taken to minimise shocks and apply for compensation. Moreover, a convention of mayors in the Chrzanów District was organised. Two meetings were held with the mayors of Chrzanów, Alwernia, Libiąż and Trzebinia and the superintendent of the Babice Municipality, the mayor of the Żarki Village, Director of PINBUD, Director of the District Crisis Management Centre and district counsellors and local media. On behalf of TAURON Wydobycie, meetings were attended by representatives of the company, the Technical Director of the Janina mine, the head of the mining damage department and the head of the tremor department.

In the tens of years of their existence TAURON power plants have managed to build really good neighbourly relations with the local communities. Power plants employees are the best ambassadors of TAURON Wytwarzanie as they actively participate in local life and hold functions in local government and local associations. TAURON Wytwarzanie also supports local communities materially through foundations and the TAURON brand promotion policy that attaches great importance to the local vicinity.

The following foundations act to the benefit of local communities:

  • TAURON Foundation (at a regional level),
  • Energy Sector for Southern Poland Foundation (Jaworzno),
  • “PRO ECO” Employee Foundation (Łaziska Górne),
  • “ENERGY SPECIALIST” Foundation (Trzebinia),
  • Employee Foundation of Elektrownia Łagisza in Będzin (Będzin),

as well as associations among which the Polish Society of Energy Museum Friends running the Energy Museum in Łaziska Górne is the leader with its annual “Industriada”.

Strong local links are also evidenced by the participation of company representatives from the local plants in all significant local events (days, festivities, harvest festivals, etc.).

TAURON Wytwarzanie conducts an open information policy with the local community. We communicate with the environment by having each power plant publish an annual EMAS.

In response to social demand various campaigns are run; the most important ones include:

  • “open days of power plants” – each person has a possibility to tour a power plant during normal operation under the supervision of professional guides (employees),
  • cooperation with local educational facilities (vocational training, employee lectures, material aid for schools),
  • comprehensive cooperation with technical universities,
  • promotion of local traditions, e.g. the Feast of Light (every year on Epiphany).

At each meeting numerous information materials are distributed on TAURON, mostly on environmental protection and energy generation technologies.

In connection with the construction of a power unit of 900 MW in Jaworzno, a dedicated tab has been created on the website www.tauron-wytwarzanie.pl/blok910 where the construction process may be observed on an on-going basis with the use of three web cams; it is also possible to watch a current video of a given stage of the construction.

In 2015 TAURON Wytwarzanie contributed PLN 73,692,215 to local government budgets in the form of real estate taxes, perpetual usufruct fees, agricultural and forest taxes and fees on civil law transactions.

Currently, investment projects are run on land owned by the inwestor. This means that it is not necessary to engage stakeholders (from the local community) in consultation, consultation resulting from statutory obligations – usually when obtaining the relevant administrative decisions. In such cases local communities act as the primary stakeholders. If the investment site transcends the investor’s property, consultations are held with the community in organised information meetings. In such cases, meetings are organised in municipality offices.

Situations resulting in the necessity to resettle inhabitants have transpired in the past. The company provided new premises to all resettled inhabitants. Resettlement was done by agreement with the resettled inhabitants. Resettlement of inhabitants is an exceptional event, i.e. when no other possibility to develop energy infrastructure exists. In these situations, contact is maintained with stakeholders on an on-going basis.

Each investment project executed by the company involves managing local issues. In wind projects, the most significant issues related to cooperation with local communities, including cooperation on opinion-making and consultation on documentation concerning local government procedures are included comprehensively at the first stage of project preparation, i.e. when projects have not yet been acquired by the company.

In projects in hydroelectric power plants, managing local issues has been crafted from scratch. In this procedure, stakeholders are appropriately identified in local communities which, according to the classification done by TAURON Ekoenergia comprise the local authorities at various levels, local associations and local media (radio stations, newspapers, internet portals).

Managing local communities is performed in accordance with the guidelines concerning communication in projects. It consists in identification, analysis and planning of local community involvement, followed by periodical reviews at the end of each stage of investment project implementation.

Engagement of local community in live investment projects and repair works in 2015

During preparations to modernise the Lubachów dam and the associated reduction of the water level in the reservoir, labour unions were informed of the planned works. The Company not only notified the Water Supply company in due advance, but also interested representatives of the trade unions. Information was submitted, inter alia, to the Walim Municipality Office, the District Governor’s Office in Wałbrzych, the District Governor’s Office in Świdnica, the Polish Fishing Association, Branch in Wałbrzych and an entrepreneur running a boarding house in the vicinity of the reservoir. The information provided to the local community was significant because of the structure in question, namely, a drinking water and retention reservoir. Finally, in 2015 this project was suspended due to drought. Lowering the water level further would have adversely affected the communities supplied with water by Dzierżoniów Water Supply company as the water level in wells was also below a suitable level. This task was performed in 2016 while retaining the social party’s involvement in the process (the social party was notified of the scheduled recommencement of the work).

Moreover, in 2015, after repairing the dam serving the Pilchowice I Hydroelectric Power Plant, meetings were held with the social party to evaluate how the measures could be applied and how to conduct visual inspections and environmental tests. After a failure that led to opening bottom discharge valves, it was necessary to perform measurements of the water’s physical and chemical parameters and conduct a visual inspection of the watercourse in terms of the biological conditions in the river. The meeting held in August 2015 was attended by representatives of the Regional Water Management Company, Regional Environmental Protection Inspectorate in Wrocław, Jelenia Góra field office, a representative of the Polish Fishing Association, a delegation of the Lower Silesia Group of Landscape Parks, the Mayor of Wleń Municipality and Local Environmental Protection Inspectorate representatives.

In connection with the preparatory process (concept development) to build a solar park in Opolnica, in April 2015 an application was submitted to the Bard City and Municipality Office to modify the allocation of plots for this park in the planned amendment to the study on conditions and directions of spatial management.

Other investment tasks implemented in 2015 did not require local community engagement.

Environmental impact assessment and continuous monitoring: post-implementation (ornithological and chiropterological) natural monitoring conducted in the Lipniki, Wicko and Marszewo wind farms, measurement of noise emitted into the environment by the Marszewo wind farm (18 MW Nosalin), regular quality assessment and measurement of municipal sewage quantity in local mechanical and biological wastewater treatment plants located in hydroelectric power plants: EW Pilchowice I, EW Złotniki, EW Leśna, EW Bobrowice I and EW Bobrowice III and discharged into the water, testing of rainwater discharged into waters from hydroelectric power plants: EW Wały Śl., EW Brzeg and EW Kopin, drawing up an annual report on the scope of environmental use and the quantities of waste generated during the year.

Public disclosure of the results of environmental and social impact assessment: monthly reports on monitoring bird and bat mortality at the Marszewo wind farm and the final report on the first year of post-implementation natural monitoring of operating the Marszewo wind farm submitted to the Local Environmental Protection Directorate in Szczecin, the results of noise emission measurements into the environment by the Marszewo wind farm (18 MW – Nosalin) submitted to the the Head of the Postomino Municipality and the Head of Sławno, results of measurements concerning the quality and quantity of sewage discharged into the water, submitted to the environmental protection authorities that issued the required Water Law Permit for the use of water and the Regional Environmental Protection Inspectorate in Wrocław, Jelenia Góra field office, annual information on the scope of use of the environment submitted to the Marshall of the Lower Silesian Province and the Marshall of the Opolskie Province and information on the quantity of waste generated during a year submitted to the Marshall of the Lower Silesia Province, the Marshall of the Opolskie Province and the Marshall of the Małopolskie Province.