The Power of Our Cities
Cities are the lens of today’s most significant climate, demographic and infrastructural challenges. They are also the critical place where many environmentally and socially friendly solutions are tested and implemented, and it is exactly in urban spaces that they can bring the most measurable results. The PZU Group, the leader of green transition in the financial sector, has developed and made available a compendium of knowledge devoted to the best trends and practices in the area of urban sustainability - “The Power of Our Cities”.
The compendium covers five themes. They include: organization of inclusive urban spaces, management of energy, water resources, transport, waste as well as the circular economy. Importantly, the analysis of challenges and trends in each respective area is supplemented by specific examples of best practice from various Polish and European cities: how to create a fruit and vegetable garden on the roof of a factory; how to use water from city swimming pools to clean the streets or the snow collected in the winter to cool a large hospital; how to make a building thermally self-reliant thanks to an algae cultivation on its facade; how to organize a large grass-root cooperative installing photovoltaic panels in housing districts; how to motivate the inhabitants and tourist to give up buying bottled water and drink tap water instead; how to give a second lease of useful life to older smartphone models; how to eliminate altogether deadly traffic accidents in city streets - these and many other fascinating solutions can be learned about in the PZU’s compendium.
Compendium of information “You can control your life”
The compendium, prepared by PZU Życie in cooperation with PZU Zdrowie, contains the most interesting conclusions from a survey of Poles’ life and health, carried out in May 2021 on a sample of 1,500 Poles aged between 18 and 65 years.
The survey showed that for 78 percent of Poles long life represents a value only if one can preserve their independence. Admittedly, however, every fifth Pole does not do preventive medical testing and checkups, only half of Poland’s population follow a healthy diet, and only every fourth Pole engages in more than two hours of sports per week.
The compendium, published under the patronage of the Ministry of Health, provides a lot of tips on how to lead a healthier, better and longer life, and why it does pay back financially. The document can be downloaded at http://www.pzu.pl/masz-wplyw-na-swoje-zycie
Green finance in Poland 2023 - an expert article from PZU
The aim of the publication is to make a very broad presentation of the diverse aspects of this new, yet very dynamically developing, section of the finance sector.
The report quotes the country’s leaders in this industry, including PZU. They present the advances of green finance in Poland, practical problems encountered in its development, as well as the challenges of green financial services in the country. Furthermore, the authors discuss the role that they and their institutions play in the development of green finance in Poland.
In the publication, Dorota Macieja, Management Board member of PZU Życie SA, discusses how we build business relations based on the idea of sustainable development.
PZU Zdrowie medical network in the “Green Hospitals” report
The “Green Hospitals” report analyzes ESG trends and activities taken in the healthcare sector. The authors of the report, including government administration bodies, medical facilities, non-governmental organizations as well as representatives of business and the scientific community, share their experiences, insights and recommendations for the future in the area of development and implementation of practical solutions advancing the idea of Green Hospitals.
The publication also presents examples of ecological solutions applied in the PZU Zdrowie medical network. In developing the chain of its own facilities, PZU Zdrowie locates its new medical centers in office buildings which meet the highest sustainability standards.