In the last 20 years many western trends have been adopted in Poland, an ex communist country that has joined not long ago the European Union. Sustainability is one of them. However, the idea is often misunderstood, because the English word “sustainable development” is difficult to translate into Polish; the most common translation actually means” balanced development”.
Even though sustainability has become a quite popular slogan among the Polish society, it is still a very new notion and its practice is adopted by only a small handful. Poland’s primary priority still remains the boost of its economic development.
Nevertheless, we do find good examples of awareness raising and action taken within the country, such as the Polish Green Building Council (PLGBC) that is dedicated to promoting sustainable design, construction and operations in the entire country. Or also Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo SA, Polish leader of the gas market in Poland. PGNiG has led numerous operations concerning sustainability issues for years now, whether it is regarding the market place, the work-place, the local community or natural environment.
It is important to further develop the sustainability industry in Poland since our future depends of it.
Posted by Annette Boraks