The Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries has recently outlined its views to the European Commission regarding the strategic choices which need to be taken in order to ensure competitiveness and growth in Europe. All eyes are currently on the development of the next phase of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), post-2020. As such, it is important that the voice of Europe’s energy-intensive industries (which includes sectors such as cement, steel and metals) is heard.
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!
In July 2013 three strategic directions were set out for the association: (i) continue to protect and defend our industry; (ii) promote concrete as a material of choice in sustainable construction and (iii) create a compelling case and broad alignment on the need for a competitive, local cement and concrete industry.
Annual GDP figures for 2014 resulting from Q4 data continued to reveal a mixed picture across the EU, but also a clear improvement in general macroeconomic conditions and better economic growth expectations.