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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.

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CEMBUREAU responds to building indicators consultation

On 6 October 2016, CEMBUREAU responded to a European Commission consultation on a common framework of core indicators for the environmental performance of buildings. In its response, CEMBUREAU indicated that it would not be appropriate to narrow the life cycle stage boundaries, nor the building component scope, as laid out in existing standards. Furthermore, in order to provide accurate tracking information, the indicators should cover performance both at design and post-occupation stages.

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Growth in global cement production continues, with Europe also showing signs of recovery

According to the latest data available, an estimated 4.6 billion tonnes (Bt) of cement were produced worldwide in 2015 – 6.3% more than in 2014, which recorded a global production of 4.3Bt. The CEMBUREAU region accounted for 5.4% of 2015 global production, which is slightly less than in 2014.