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!
Brussels 17 December 2015 – Published today, the CEMBUREAU Quarterly Economic Report on Q3 2015 showed no GDP recession anywhere across the EU, with recovery speeding up in Spain and remaining at rather moderate rates almost elsewhere. However, the macroeconomic picture remains uneven as recovery appears to be uncertain and conditional to many potentially hindering factors, primarily subdued domestic demand in the EU and slowdown in external demand (i.e. exports), despite continued EUR depreciation, due to the downturn in emerging economies.