GB No. 4(19)/95
"We cannot afford further wasting energy, fuels, environment and time."
The Agency alone cannot solve energy problems of Poland. KAPE is a tool for everybody who want, can and should support our efforts and get in touch with us in relation to all the areas covered by the Agency Statute.
There have been regional Energy Conservation Agencies organized around the country (so far, Upper Silesian, Jelenia Góra, have started; under organization are Wielkopolska, Krakowska, Bielsko- Bialska, West Pomeranian, Słupska). They are autonomous, but linked to KAPE with cooperation contracts regarding new energy policy.
The basic goals presented here is to establish situation, when energy conservation will be a good business for consumers and distributors. The final goal is a modern economy, safe and clean environment, and welfare of Polish families.
Legislation - elimination of legal constraints, projecting new solutions - draft legal acts, ordinances, regulations and standards, preparing guidelines for energy saving national policy - as requested by Government.
Economical and financial - supporting energy conservation activities, assisting with obtaining loans for energy saving investments, implementing new systems of investment financing (tasks with postponed revenues, chain financing), preparing methods of technical and economical assessment and mechanisms for social and economical energy conservation undertakings.
Research and education - initiating research, innovation and implementation activities, organizing specialistic technical and financial consultancies for energy producers and consumers.
Promotion and information - promotion of efficient methods and ways of energy utilization, including social initiatives, cooperation with international institutions supporting energy conservation, stimulating mass media to promote energy conservation for the benefit of economy, environment and household budgets.
Rationalization of energy supply and use is an especially important issue of State activity. The draft Energy Law indicates the importance of the task.
A valuable tool to execute the task will be the National Energy Conservation Agency Co., established as a result of an agreement among three parties: the Minister of Physical Planning and Construction, Minister of Industry and Trade and Minister of Environmental Protection, Natural Resources and Forestry. Three State owned units have their shares in the Agency. These are the Agency for Industrial Development Co., National Environmental and Water Management Fund, and Bank of Domestic Economy (Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego).
The goal of the Agency is not income. The form of a joint stock company was chosen as there is no concept of "non profit" enterprises with legal personality in Polish legal system, and Commercial Code allows founding companies for other than commercial purposes.'The Agency is not an office, so it does not have individual management rights within the scope of responsibility of the founding Ministers. Its scope of responsibility and tasks depends upon practical conditions, and development in the public tasks area.
The Agency may prepare projects of specific solutions, which after being approved by the founders, will get the status of Governmental proposals.
Stimulating private and public saving and the necessity to increase the saving rate are considered the basis of investment and sustainable economic growth. This is equally true for well developed, developing and Central and Eastern European countries.
Studies by domestic and international institutions dealing with energy problems define the size of the problem and the level of possible saving to become the future source of domestic capital accumulation for economic operations.
An attempt to solve the problem shows the necessity to prepare a national long term energy conservation program.
Its execution will require real financial support of the State budget, international financial institutions and foreign organizations supporting energy conservation.
KAPE will use its funds for investments of business units and natural persons aimed at rational energy use, in cooperation with banks and financial institutions. Thus, it will apply financing methods typical for these institutions.
Limited finances of KAPE decide upon the most common form of financial support, i.e., loans of varying interest rate and repayment terms.
The typical way of financing investments will be warranting loan repayment or assistance in repaying interest. The above activities will be based on analysis of documents presented by an investor.
Some energy conservation investments will require high risk financing forms (e.g.
Venture Capital) or subsidies.'The Agency has been preparing detailed information on assistance conditions and
procedures for investors interested in financial support.
November 9,1990 - Sejm resolution on national energy policy guidelines until the year 2010, obligating the Government to establish the Energy Conservation Agency
May 19,1992 - Decision of Council of Ministers on establishing the Energy Conservation Agency
September 5,1992 - the Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers approved the idea to establish the Agency as a joint stock company with State Treasury shares
February 5, 1994 - Agreement on cooperation in establishment the Energy Conservation Agency Co. signed by: Minister of Industry and Trade, Minister of Physical Planning and Construction, Minister of Environmental Protection, Natural Resources and Forestry, Agency on Industrial Development, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, National Fund of Environment and Water Management.
April 15, 1994 - establishing the National Energy Conservation Agency in the form of a joint stock company by: Agency on Industrial Development Co., Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, National Fund of Environment and Water Management
August 26, 1994 - registration of the KAPE
National Energy Conservation Agency (KAPE)
tel. 48/22/621 65 21, 661 91 16
fax 48/22/661 91 17