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IED: BAT conclusions application dates

The European Commission (Directorate General for Environment) has confirmed its position in relation to new and existing installations under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).

Basel COP10 adopts co-processing and cement kilns technical guidelines

During the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, held in Cartagena, Colombia, from 17 until 21 October 2011, the Parties adopted the draft technical guidelines on the environmentally sound co-processing of hazardous wastes in cement kilns.

US delays EPA rules on reduction of mercury emissions and other pollutants

On 6 October, the US House of Representatives voted in favour of delaying three Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules requiring that cement plants reduce their emissions of mercury and other pollutants.

Commission approves new CSR strategy

On 25 October 2011, the European Commission presented its Communication on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), as part of a package of measures to support entrepreneurship and responsible business.