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CEMBUREAU supports European Parliament’s decision on EU-ETS

Brussels 15 February 2017 - CEMBUREAU has taken note of the vote that took place in the European Parliament today, welcoming its decision not to deliberately discriminate between sectors and to apply a fact-based approach to policymaking.

Cement industry calls for workable EU-ETS

Brussels 1 February 2017 – Today in the European Parliament, 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.

CEMBUREAU statement: European Parliament Environment Committee about to target cement in discriminatory ETS carbon leakage treatment

Brussels 14 December 2016 - The cement sector is deeply worried about the amendments to be submitted for vote tomorrow in the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, which foresee in an introduction of a Border Adjustment Measure (BAM) with the loss of free allowances for the cement sector in Phase IV of EU ETS, starting in 2020.

EU-ETS & Cement: Setting the facts straight

Brussels 30 November 2016 – In a Report published today under the title “European Cement and Climate. A business risk analysis”, InfluenceMap negatively and inaccurately describes some of the advocacy activities of the European Cement organisation, CEMBUREAU. As an engaged stakeholder in the policy debate, CEMBUREAU provides facts, figures and information about the cement industry that gives policymakers an informed view. In our interaction with the European Commission, Council and European Parliament, we found policymakers interested to learn about the efforts made by the industry to lower CO2 emissions (The role of cement in the 2050 Low Carbon Economy), improve energy efficiency and, through its product, concrete, contribute to sustainable construction.

Cement production: An untapped waste management solution

Brussels, 8 July 2016 - In the European Union, just over half of the waste we all generate is recycled, 13% is used for energy recovery but 35% is still disposed of, mostly in landfills.

European Cement Production Records Moderate Growth At +0.9%

Brussels, 14 June 2016 – According to the latest figures available, European cement production recorded a moderate growth of 0.9% in 2015, compared to the previous year. This translates into 248 million tonnes of cement in the CEMBUREAU Member countries1. When put into a global context, of the 4.6 billion tonnes produced, CEMBUREAU members accounted for 5.4%. China remained the world’s largest cement producing country, accounting for just over 51% of global production.

CEMBUREAU welcomes focus on well designed EU innovation policy

Brussels 26 May 2016 – CEMBUREAU welcomes the focus of a recent Institute for European Studies report on the need for a well designed EU innovation policy to support sectors like the cement industry in their transition to a low carbon economy. The cement sector has always been at the forefront of innovation, in relation to its manufacturing process, its products and business model.

CEMBUREAU reaction to Sandbag study on ETS and the cement sector

Brussels 16 March 2016 – CEMBUREAU has taken note of the report published today by Sandbag, focusing on cement and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS). In this regard, we partly share the views of Sandbag such as the need for innovation funding to stimulate breakthrough technologies, a closer alignment between allocation and production in the form of a dynamic allocation and a stronger recognition of the role of alternative fuel and raw material use in emission reductions, with the inclusion of a landfill ban on recoverable and recyclable raw materials.

CEMBUREAU year-end 2015 Economic Report: Continued modest growth across the EU but some clouds on the horizon

Brussels 9 March 2016 – Published today, the CEMBUREAU Quarterly Economic Report for Q4 2015 shows that no EU countries experienced recession in 2015. However, the latest quarterly data revealed that economic growth did not gain momentum in Q4 2015 on a quarterly basis, with very modest growth rates recorded in all major EU economies, i.e. 0.3% in the EU28 and Germany, 0.2% in France and 0.1% in Italy. There are growing fears of a deterioration in the macroeconomic environment, risks of continuing deflation despite unprecedented ECB action and several factors of uncertainty that have cast a shadow on growth prospects for 2016.

The European Cement Association and Birdlife adopt joint position on EU nature directives: Better implementation to benefit biodiversity

Brussels 12 November 2015 – Birdlife Europe and CEMBUREAU have joined forces to identify ways in which the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives could be enhanced to the benefit of biodiversity and nature conservation across Europe. In the context of the ongoing evaluation of the Birds and Habitats Directives , the experience shared by both the cement industry and NGOs demonstrates that whilst the Directives are fit for purpose, their implementation at national level needs to be tackled.