Główny Instytut Górnictwa (GIG) is an R&D organization, subordinated to the Minister of Economy. It was established in 1945 and currently it employs 587 persons of which 455 is the scientific, engineering and technical staff. GIG is one of the most acknowledged partners in the field of mining and environmental engineering, energy systems, environmental monitoring, waste management, recycling, optimization of water supply and sewage disposal, risk assessment & industrial safety management systems as well as education and training. It addresses the needs of the mining and energy industry, SMEs as well as state and local administration offices. GIG was the applicant for the infrastructure funds within the Operating Program Innovative Economy (2007-2013) of the European Regional Development Fund for the project “Clean Coal Technology Centre” (Centrum Czystych Technologii Węglowych, CCTW) (project budget: 45 mln Euro). The Centre was opened in 2013 and includes among the others the laboratory and pilot scale research facilities for experimental studies in the field of advanced systems of thermochemical conversion of solid fuels. The Integrated Management System that meets the requirements of PN-EN ISO 9001:2009, PN-EN ISO 14001:2005 and PN-N-18001:2004 is implemented in GIG. GIG is the coordinator or consortium member of numerous R&D projects supported within the UE Framework Programs, Research Fund for Coal and Steel, Equal, Interreg, Central EU Europe, as well as with structural funds and national funds (e.g National Centre for Research and Development, National Science Centre, Ministry of Science and Higher Education). It is also a member of the European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform, the European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants, the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry and Hydrogen and Fuel Cell JTI initiative.