During the ceremonial gala held on 2 June 2009, Bolesław Cirkos, Director for Strategy and Development in PGE Elektrownia Bełchatów S.A., received the distinction from Adam Szejnfeld, Secretary of State in the Ministry of the Economy. The "New Impuls" distinction is awarded for the promotion of new and energy-saving technologies, as well as for activities raising social awareness with respect to energy efficiency and activities contributing to the development of the energy market. PGE Elektrownia Bełchatów S.A. received the distinction for "the first concrete actions for the development and implementation of clean carbon technologies", i.e. work on the construction of a plant for the capture and storage of carbon dioxide.