The PRE_COP24 conference under the heading “Polish Way to Clean Environment” took place from 9-11 August 2018 at the International Congress Center in Katowice. The event aimed to develop a common Polish position on climate policy before the COP24 climate summit to be held in December 2018. An important point of the conference was signing an agreement under the Mining OK Project (Górnictwo OK) FAMUR SA was a party to.
The panel entitled “Enterprises in Poland – on the way to becoming a leader of clean environment” being part of the conference, was dedicated to issues related to new methods of more ecological exploitation of mines. The culmination of the session was signing the agreement establishing the Group of Common Social Initiatives “MINING OK”, concluded by 12 companies from the mining and energy sector, as well as scientific institutions and relevant media, and namely: FAMUR, JSW, LW Bogdanka, PGG, PG Silesia, Tauron Wydobycie, Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering of the AGH (University of Science and Technology in Cracow), Faculty of Organization and Management of the Silesian University of Technology, Central Mining Institute, Foundation for AGH, IGSPW (Chamber of Commerce of Polish Coal Sellers) and Wydawnictwo Górnicze (Mining Publishing).
The PRE_COP24 conference was attended by approximately 300 guests from Poland and abroad, including but not limited to Germany, Belarus, Spain, India, USA, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Zimbabwe and Norway. Participants discussed i.a. the challenges related to the implementation of climate policy and its social costs, as well as global warming and its impact on jobs in industry. The organizers of the conference were: Ogólnopolskie Porozumienie Związków Zawodowych (All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions), NSZZ Solidarność (Solidarity Trade Union), Forum of Trade Unions, Association of Engineers and SITG Oddział w Rybniku (Technicians of Mining Rybnik Department) and the Mining OK social initiative.