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EDITORIAL Bioeconomy and Resource Efficiency: the European agenda offers opportunities to be grabbed April 2012 - The art of marketing lies often in the ability to grab an opportunity. It also consists in the ingenuity to turn a weakness into a strength. In both instances speed is of essence.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: update on NIMs notifications By the end of April 2012, twenty-one Member States had notified their National Implementation Measures (NIMs) to the European Commission
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: Latest status CO2 prices Discussions intensified during April 2012 with aim of finding a solution to falling CO2 prices. According to analysts from Deutsche Bank, EU CO2 allowance (EUA) prices could fall below €5 per tonne if the set aside proposal is not agreed between EU law makers.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: Council does not oppose M&R Regulation On 24 April 2012 the Council general affairs did not oppose the adoption of the European Commission’s draft regulation on the monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions pursuant to Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: International developments On 24 April 2012 Mexico’s Senate approved the General Law on Climate Change which gives the Energy Ministry authority to establish a non-binding national emissions trading scheme in which companies can voluntarily take part.
CLIMATE CHANGE Contributions to consultation on State aid guidelines published The contributions submitted to the European Commission following the consultation launched in December 2011 on the Draft Commission Guidelines for State aid in the context of the amended EU Emissions Trading Scheme post 2012 are available from the Commission’s website.
CLIMATE CHANGE 2010 Getting the numbers right data published On 26 April 2012, the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI, World Business Council for Sustainable development) published the 2010 data from its “Getting the numbers right” (GNR) project.
CLIMATE CHANGE Releases and transfers of pollutants from industrial installations data published On 26 April 2012, the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) published updated information, for 2010, on releases and transfers of pollutants from industrial installations included in the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR).
CLIMATE CHANGE EPA proposes CO2 limits for electric utility generating units in the USA The US Environmental Protection Agency has recently issued a proposed carbon dioxide (CO2) limit from new fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units (EGUs).
ENERGY Parliament provides an advisory opinion on taxation of energy products Proposal On 19 April 2012 the European Parliament adopted, in Plenary, MEP Astrid Lulling’s (Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats), Luxembourg) draft report on the Proposal for taxation of energy products and electricity.
ENVIRONMENT CEMBUREAU responds to invasive species consultation On 11 April 2012, CEMBUREAU responded to the European Commission’s consultation on invasive Alien Species. In its response, the Association highlighted that trade and import restrictions could be imposed for alien species which are proven by scientific evidence to be harmful (through a list of restricted species).
ENVIRONMENT MEPs adopt EU Biodiversity Strategy resolution On 20 April 2012, the European Parliament adopted, in Plenary, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy’s (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, the Netherlands) draft report on the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy to 2020.
ENVIRONMENT Environment Action Programme resolution adopted by Parliament On 20 April 2012, the European Parliament adopted, in Plenary, Jo Leinen’s (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Germany) draft report on the review of the 6th Environment Action Programme (EAP) and the setting of priorities for the 7th EAP.
ENVIRONMENT OECD launches Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit Earlier this month, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development launched a Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit, with the aim of improving the efficiency of production processes and products in order to contribute to sustainable development and green growth.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Resource Efficiency vote in ENVI On 25 April 2012 the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament adopted MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy’s (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, the Netherlands) draft report on a resource-efficient Europe.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Review of hazardous properties under European List of Waste The European Commission has launched a Technical Proposal on the review of the hazardous properties in relation to the European List of Waste.
CONSTRUCTION CEMBUREAU responds to Sustainable Consumption & Production consultation On 2 April 2012, CEMBUREAU responded to a European Commission consultation entitled ‘Delivering more Sustainable Consumption and Production’.
NEWS FROM THE CEMENT INDUSTRY CEMBUREAU joins Fire Safe Europe alliance! Earlier this month, CEMBUREAU became an official member of the Fire Safe Europe alliance. With the aim of raising the profile and promoting awareness of fire safety in buildings, the alliance brings together all major actors with a stake in ensuring good practice in fire protection.
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS European standardisation summit 2012 5-7 June 2012 – Albena, Bulgaria - Organiser: CEN–CENELEC......
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS International Congress on Durability of Concrete 18-21 June 2012 – Trondheim, Norway - Organiser: Norwegian Concrete Association, SINTEF and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS Construction Products Regulation Conference 2012 25 June 2012 – Brussels, Belgium - Organiser: European Commission