Cover Osteuropa 4-5/2008

In Osteuropa 4-5/2008

The Market, the Environment and the Image
Chemical Industry in Poland and Ukraine

Anna Małgorzata Ehrke

Deutsche Fassung


The chemical industry in Poland and Ukraine is associated with environmental transgressions. But the environmental burdens created by this industry have decreased since 1989. In Ukraine, this was the consequence of economic crisis. In Poland, it was due to EU accession. Since then, stricter environmental standards have been in force in several fields. In order to meet these standards, companies have to invest in environmental technology. The market also offers incen-tives for environmentally sound behaviour. Environmental engagement is good for the image. But at the same time, the chemical industry bridles at too much transparency and stricter limits. To this day, sustainability is still a non-issue.

(Osteuropa 4-5/2008, pp. 459–474)