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Eurobrief December 2011

EU Biodiversity Strategy: latest developments

On 23 January 2012, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament debated rapporteur Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy’s (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, the Netherlands) draft report on the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy.

Quarry Rehabilitation Guidelines published for Cement Industry

On 26 January 2012, the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) launched its Guidelines on Quarry Rehabilitation. This document provides practical guidance for managing the impacts of quarrying activities and ensuring that environments are properly revitalized.

Commission adopts LIFE Funding Proposal

On 12 December 2011, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new LIFE programme. LIFE is “the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU”.

CEMBUREAU contributes to Ecodesign of Kilns Study

On 25 January 2012, CEMBUREAU discussed with BIOS, the consultant in charge, the eco-design study related to industrial and laboratory furnaces and ovens, including cement kilns.