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Eurobrief December 2010/January 2011

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ENVIRONMENT Some progress made at Cancun climate talks Several concrete agreements were made at the latest round of climate change negotiations in Cancun in December. In its press statement, the UNFCCC secretariat (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) claimed that ‘a balanced package of decisions that set all governments more firmly on the path towards a low-emissions future and support enhanced action on climate change in the developing world’ had been adopted.
ENVIRONMENT Europe’s key environmental issues identified by Eurostat Eurostat has published details of the main environmental pressures facing Europe, using data supplied by Member States. While most of the data has already been published separately in recent months, this is the first time it has been put together in one document. The aim of the publication is to encourage readers to track down the environmental data available on the Eurostat website and make their own analyses.
ENVIRONMENT Commission further postpones proposal to review Energy Products Taxation Directive The Commission has postponed the adoption of the proposal to review the energy products taxation Directive until 2011. The Commission was originally planning to present the proposal end of 2010, but as the adoption has been delayed. The estimated adoption date is early 2011 but further delays are possible.
ENVIRONMENT EU agrees new Natura 2000 network expansion The European Commission has agreed to expand the Natura 2000 network with the addition of 17 new marine sites, covering nearly 27 000 square kilometres.
BUILDINGS & BUILDING MATERIALS Parliament votes on Construction Products Regulation On 18 January 2011, the European Parliament voted in favor of the Construction Products Regulation. The vote follows the unanimous endorsement of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) on 10 January 2011, following an agreement reached with the Council in December 2010.
EDITORIAL CEMBUREAU welcomes draft Decision on Benchmarks and calls for interpretative Guidance on Allocation Rules December 2010 / January 2011 - Pursuant to Article 10a (1) of the Emission Trading Directive, a “Decision” on benchmarks for free allocation of allowances and other allocation rules is to be taken, through the so-called pre-Lisbon Treaty comitology procedure by a Committee composed of representatives of the Member States and the European Commission – the Climate Change Committee.
HEALTH AND SAFETY Notification C&L Portland cement clinker successfully submitted In mid December 2010, CEMBUREAU successfully submitted, on behalf of its members, the following notification of the classification and labelling of Portland cement to the ECHA inventory.
EDITORIAL EU recognises co-processing as a resource efficient solution December 2010 / January 2011 - The co-processing of waste has been officially recognised by the European Commission as a resource efficient best practice under its flagship initiative for a resource-efficient Europe under the Europe 2020 strategy.
HEALTH AND SAFETY ECHA receives over 3 million C&L notifications Upon the expiry of the deadline of 3 January 2011, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) received 3.1 million Classification and Labelling notifications covering a total of 107,067 different substances. All companies manufacturing or importing hazardous substances were required to classify them by 1 December 2010 and notify ECHA by 3 January 2011.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME EU to link ETS with Switzerland On 20 December 2010 the Council authorised the European Commission to open negotiations with the Swiss Confederation for a link between the EU and the Swiss greenhouse gas emissions trading systems (ETS). This mandate will allow for negations to start in 2011.
HEALTH AND SAFETY Successful REACH registration of flue dust, calcium sulfate, blast furnace slag, fly ash and burnt shale Flue dust from the production cement clinker, calcium sulfate, blast furnace slag, fly ash and burnt shale were successfully registered by the first registration deadline of 30 November 2010.
ENVIRONMENT NOx & SO2 trading: off the agenda! In early December 2010, CEMBUREAU was pleased to learn that the European Commission has decided not to continue any further work on the introduction of an Emissions Trading Scheme for NOx and SO2 from industrial installations.
WASTE Member States report on Implementation of IPPC and Waste Incineration Directives In December 2010 the Member States reports on the implementation of the Industrial Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) and Waste Incineration Directives relative to the period 2006-2008 were published on the Circa website.
ENVIRONMENT CEMBUREAU responds to Roadmap for a low carbon economy by 2050 In December 2010, CEMBUREAU responded to the European Commission Consultation entitled ‘Roadmap for a low carbon economy by 2050’. In its response, the Association highlighted the fact that, in the EU, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions roughly occur one third from industry, one third from households and one third from transport, some balance needs to be kept between these contributors when tackling GHG emissions.
WASTE Technical Guidelines on Co-processing of Hazardous Waste: New draft issued A new version of the Draft Technical Guidelines on Co-processing of Hazardous Waste in Cement Kilns has been submitted by Chile (as the lead country) to the Basel Convention Secretariat.
ENVIRONMENT CEMBUREAU highlights value of recovery in achieving resource efficiency On 2 December 2010 CEMBUREAU actively participated in the 11th edition of the European Minerals Forum (EMF), which was held in Brussels. The EMF brings together industry experts to discuss issues of common interest.
WASTE UN report details role of waste management in cutting emissions The United Nations report 'Waste and Climate Change', which was published in Cancún in December, states that greater resource efficiency and recycling could lead to reductions in carbon emissions.
ENVIRONMENT Industrial Emissions Directive published On 17 December 2010, the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) was published in the Official Journal and entered into force on 6 January 2011.
OTHER NEWS Hungarian Presidency priorities published On 10 December 2010, the Hungarian Government published its priorities for the Presidency of the European Union, a post which it will hold from the beginning of January until the end of June 2011.
ENVIRONMENT Commission adopts Mercury Strategy On 7 December 2010, the European Commission adopted the new Communication on the review of the Community Strategy Concerning Mercury. In reviewing the 20 actions contained in the 2005 strategy, the communication highlights that significant progress has been made in terms of implementing these actions.
OTHER NEWS Commission issues proposal for revision of the Seveso II Directive On 21 December 2010, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new Directive, replacing the current Seveso II Directive 96/82/EC by 1 June 2015.
ENVIRONMENT Parliament calls for improvement in environmental liability provisions On 13 December 2010, the European Parliament issued a written declaration for improving accident prevention measures and environmental liability provisions in the extractive industries.
ENVIRONMENT Energy Efficiency Action Plan to be adopted on 2 March 2011 The Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger has confirmed the adoption of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan for 02 March 2011 in his intervention in the European Parliament Industry, Research and Energy Committee meeting on 26 January 2011. Concrete legislative proposals are expected to be proposed after the summer 2011.
ENVIRONMENT EU confirms plan to cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 20% Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard announced at Cancún that the EU would not unilaterally move to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020.