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EDITORIAL Why the EU cement industry opposes an import inclusion scheme as suggested by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee in December 2016 From the very start of the EU ETS, all energy intensive industries, including the cement industry, have emphasised that climate change is a global problem that needs to be tackled at an international level.
CLIMATE CHANGE Climate Change poses significant Threat to European economy, health, & ecosystems, says EEA report On 26 January, The European Environment Agency (EEA) published its four-yearly report, warning that the continent is facing more extreme weather, such as more frequent and more intense heat waves, flooding, droughts and storms due to climate change.
CLIMATE CHANGE Fighting climate change will require more carbon capture, global study says According to a recently published study in the Nature Climate Change journal, on 30 January, the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies will be instrumental in meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement.
ENERGY UN climate deal will stop EU ignoring energy efficiency, says Commission The annual State of the Energy Union report published by the European Commission shows that the transition of the European economy away from fossil fuels is under way, but it also brings up concerns on whether the slow pace will be able to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
ENERGY Ecofys study reveals Impact assessment of EU 2030 energy efficiency targets On 30 January 2017, Ecofys published an updated study “Towards a cost-benefit analysis” carried out in collaboration with The Coalition for Energy Savings, where it investigated the European Commission’s revised impact assessment of November 2016 regarding different 2030 target levels in the Energy Efficiency Directive.
ENVIRONMENT Research finds EU’s protected areas ‘well connected’ EU nature laws have helped many areas of the continent reach the 2020 target for protected area connectivity, according to the European Commission’s research agency’s study for the journal Ecological Indicators.
HEALTH AND SAFETY Letter to Members of European Parliament Employment Committee concerning the revision of the European Commission’s directive on protecting workers from exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work draft report The European Parliament Employment Committee is currently discussing the draft report on the Commission’s proposal of 13 May 2016 to revise the directive on protecting workers from exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work, with the vote due on 28 February.
HEALTH AND SAFETY Public Consultation in relation to the REACH REFIT evaluation On 26 January, the European Commission DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and DG Environment launched an evaluation of the REACH Regulation, with the aim of obtaining to collect stakeholder views on strengths and weaknesses of REACH as well as any potentially missing elements.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY MEPs vote in favour of 70% recycling targets On 24 January, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee has voted to amend the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, increasing the recycling target for member states from 65% to 70% by 2030.
CONSTRUCTION Concrete industry pushes for innovation An EU funded project, ENCORE, developed guidelines for making sustainable concrete from recycled ingredients, aiming to help the construction industry reduce its environmental impact.
CONSTRUCTION 6 innovative options to increase affordable housing There is a growing need for more affordable, energy efficient housing, as the overall state of housing in the EU remains unstable.
NEWS FROM THE CEMENT INDUSTRY Cement industry calls for workable EU-ETS In a meeting in the European Parliament on 1 February, the European cement industry has made it clear to MEPs that the EU-ETS must maintain free allowances at the level of best-performers in order to achieve real emission reductions whilst maintaining a competitive industry in Europe. A competitive cement industry contributes to growth, jobs and innovation in Europe.
NEWS FROM THE CEMENT INDUSTRY Innovation in the cement industry The European cement industry is continuously researching ways to improve the quality of its products and reducing its environmental impact. It dedicates significant time and resources to innovation projects across a broad range of areas.
OTHER NEWS European cement demand in 2017 shows signs of recovery According to a London-based cement consultancy, there is increasing evidence pointing towards a demand recovery in the cement sector.
OTHER NEWS Industry launches responsibly sourced concrete certification Having been available online since 1 January 2017, the CSC certification system is designed to help concrete, cement and aggregate companies obtain insight in the level to which a company operates in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible way.
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS Smart Buildings for a greener Europe: Emerging Policy and Practice 14 February 2017, Brussels, Belgium
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS Argus Emission Markets 2017 28 February – 2 March, Prague, Czech Republic
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS The future of cement Symposium 6 - 8 of June, Paris, France