Law on climate change in Poland

The legal framework for the activities relating to carbon capture and storage in Poland is not in force yet. The proposals in that regard encompass the amendment of the existing Geologic and Mining Law. They can be found at the website of the Polish Ministry of the Environment (

The “competent authority” referred to, in particular, in Article 18 of the CCS Directive (Directive 2009/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the geological storage of carbon dioxide and amending Council Directive 85/337/EEC, European Parliament and Council Directives 2000/60/EC, 2001/80/EC, 2004/35/EC, 2006/12/EC, 2008/1/EC and Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006) will be the Ministry of the Environment acting through National Authority for the Underground Storage Sites of Carbon Dioxide (KAPS CO2).

According to the Article 39 par. 1 of the CCS Directive Member States are obliged to bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with Directive by 25 June 2011.