and effluents

We use water resources based on water usage and integrated permits. Our operations have no significant impact on any protected areas or areas of outstanding natural value, and the amount of abstracted water is kept substantially below the applicable limits, as confirmed by analyses of the environmental impact of water abstraction.

No LOTOS Group companies operate in any areas exposed to water shortage risks (according to the WWF Water Risk Filter).

Our refinery has an in-house wastewater treatment plant, receiving wastewater both from the refinery and from smaller companies operating on its premises. In addition to wastewater generated by refining processes (industrial effluents), the plant treats drainage water, clean stormwater (collected from roads and yards), oil-contaminated wastewater (discharged from refining facilities), as well as grey and black water.

The treated water and wastewater streams are directed to one of the two discharge points: drainage water and clean stormwater is discharged into the Rozwójka channel along the southern boundary of the plant, while the remaining streams (namely, industrial effluents, oil-contaminated wastewater, grey/black water) are discharged into the Martwa Wisła river flowing along the northern boundary of the plant.

The LOTOS Group monitors its water impacts on an ongoing basis, both in terms of water abstraction volumes and the environmental parameters in the affected areas. Each investment project is subject to stakeholder dialogue, and all reported issues and complaints are duly considered. On signing their respective contracts with LOTOS Group companies, all suppliers and contractors undertake to act responsibly, in accordance with applicable laws and with due respect for the environment, and are subject to regular audits to verify that undertaking.

Each Grupa LOTOS industrial facility is well prepared for potential emergencies and leakage. There are procedures in place meant primarily to effectively prevent and, if needed, contain leakage. A dedicated in-house chemical emergency team has been established for that purpose. Any waste generated due to leakage (for instance soil contaminated with petroleum products) is handed over to specialist waste management companies for disposal in line with applicable laws.

Data on water use and effluents discharged is monitored at the consolidated level, i.e. for the entire LOTOS Group.

Water withdrawal and use

2017 2018 2019
Withdrawal of surface water (own intake points) 5,998,534 5,840,945 5,415,026
Withdrawal of groundwater (own intake points) 362,643 360,579 357,930
Ground and utilised rainwater 0 0 0
Water purchased from mains and local suppliers 378,981 417,441 407,910
Treated wastewater from other organisations 464 54,158 0
Total 6,740,622 6,673,123 6,180,866
Percentage of water reused or recycled (proportion of water reused or recycled to water withdrawn by the organisation) 25.6% 27.1% N/A

Effluents by destination

2018 2019
To groundwater 2,692 0
To surface water (lakes, rivers, etc.) 6,693,281 7,361,691
To public utilities outside the Group 320,655 366,397
Total 7,016,628 7,728,088

Wastewater treated by the organisation, by treatment method

2018 2019
Treated by the organisation 6,656,908 7,447,200
Treated by wastewater treatment plant 52,746 3,886
Total 6,653,119 7,451,086


Volume and disposal of formation or produced water at the LOTOS Group

Volume [m3] Share [%]
Total volume of produced water 128,169.00 100.0%
reused water 310.00 0.1%
recycled water 0.00 0.0%
re-injected water 127,859.00 99.9%
  Total volume of hydrocarbons discharged into produced water 0.0%


Volume of flared and vented hydrocarbon

Location Volume of gases to be flared ['000 m3] Volume of gases released into the atmosphere ['000 m3]
Poland 15,126 0
International waters, Polish Exclusive Economic Zone (LOTOS Petrobaltic and BB platforms) 17,527 0
Lithuania 0
Total 32,653 0