In today’s world, economic development that fails to take account of its environmental impact is impossible.

This is determined not only by numerous environmental regulations and standards, but – more importantly – by strong social pressure on business to take responsibility for the state of the global ecosystem.

The belief that the needs of the current generation cannot and should not be satisfied at the expense of future generations is widespread and pivotal to the doctrine of sustainable development.

In December 2018, Poland will be a place of particular importance in terms of global challenges related to sustainable development. This is because Katowice will host the 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) and the 14th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 14).

The event will be accompanied by the EEC Green conference, attended by politicians, entrepreneurs, experts and representatives of organisations. The debate will give the floor to three parties involved in any sustainable project: consumers, business and the state (or the regulator).

The environment we and our successors will live in depends on their responsibility, ability to co-operate, accurate assessment of the situation, and prospects. The voice of all parties to the discourse will be heard particularly in the context of negotiations on global objectives in combating climate change (COP24).