The European Commission is currently conducting an evaluation of the Birds and Habitats Directives , to which both BirdLife and CEMBUREAU (the European Cement Association) have provided input based on their own long-standing experience. This experience has demonstrated that the main issue which needs to be tackled is implementation at Member State level. With this in mind, BirdLife and CEMBUREAU are working together in order to identify ways in which implementation could be enhanced to the benefit of biodiversity and nature conservation across Europe.
On 19 November, The Concrete Initiative launched the results of a study by consulting group Le Bipe, focusing on the multiplier effect of the cement and concrete industry on Europe's economy. The study clearly concludes that this important industry contributes to local growth and jobs in a low carbon economy. in fact, for every € generated in this sector, €2.8 are generated elsewhere in the economy. Here you will find a brief summary of the results of this study as well as a direct link to the study itself.
In Europe, there is still a large amount of waste which cannot be recycled. Fortunately, there are several other solutions available for this waste - and co-processing in the cement industry is one of them!
Latest quarterly figures (Q1 2015) reveal some economic momentum across Member States as GDP growth gained speed in many EU Member States (MS). However, divergences in economic performances persisted and recovery from the cumulated GDP losses is still lagging behind in some of the MS that were most affected by the subdued economic cycle across the EU since Q4 2008.
Countries from all over the world are gathering in Paris from 30 November until 11 December to discuss a new binding international climate change agreement aiming at limiting global warming below 2° C. Adaptation to climate change will also be part of the agenda as costs for such adaptation are estimated at EUR 140 bn per year by 2030 and EUR 470 bn per year by 2050.
Brussels 12 November 2015 – Birdlife Europe and CEMBUREAU have joined forces to identify ways in which the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives could be enhanced to the benefit of biodiversity and nature conservation across Europe. In the context of the ongoing evaluation of the Birds and Habitats Directives , the experience shared by both the cement industry and NGOs demonstrates that whilst the Directives are fit for purpose, their implementation at national level needs to be tackled.