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EDITORIAL The EU’s GHG Reduction Target: clarity needed, rather than the present confusion On 5 July, the European Parliament in plenary session rejected the Bas Eickhout (Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, the Netherlands) Report (on the analysis of options to move beyond 20% greenhouse gas emission reductions and assessing the risk of carbon leakage) by 347 votes to 258.
ENERGY Proposal for Energy Efficiency Directive issued Following its publication in June 2011, the European Commission has adopted the legislative proposal for a Directive on Energy Efficiency.
CONSTRUCTION CEN Construction Sector Network Conference 2011 The European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) has published the conference report and all presentations given during its conference held on 9-10 June 2011. The focus of the conference was “Interoperability and sustainability for construction”.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: Cement industry comments on harmonised free allocation methodology In July 2011, CEMBUREAU submitted comments to the European Commission’s draft guidance document n°7 (issued on 20 July 2011) on the harmonised free allocation methodology for the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS).
ENVIRONMENT IED Article 13 Forum: latest news The Industrial Emissions Directive (IED, 2010/75/EU) Article 13 Forum has now been granted the formal status of an expert group for the exchange of information pursuant to Article 13 of the IED.
OTHER NEWS Join our Build Up community Readers are invited to join the Build Up community jointly established by the European Concrete Platform and the Architects Council of Europe. The aim of this community is twofold.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: Commission publishes Q&A on harmonised free allocation methodology On 18 July 2011, the European Commission published a set of question and answers relating to the harmonised free allocation methodology for the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) post 2012.
ENVIRONMENT IED transposition checklist published With the aim of providing guidance in the process of carrying out the conformity assessment of the transposition of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED, 2010/75/EU), a transposition checklist has been published.
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS CEWEP-EAA Workshop, COPENHAGEN 5 + 6 September 2011 Organisers: Confederation of Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP) and the European Aluminium Association (EAA)
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: Commission publishes Q&A on new registry rules On 8 July 2011, the European Commission published a series of question and answers on the registry rules of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). The revised ETS Directive (2009/29/EC), adopted in 2009, provides for the centralisation of the EU ETS operations into a single European Union registry which will replace all national EU ETS registries.
ENVIRONMENT Commission consults stakeholders on air quality legislation Over the summer, the European Commission opened a consultation on EU air quality legislation with the aim of gathering views and additional information on the effectiveness, strength and weaknesses of EU air quality legislation.
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS REACH Conference, Brussels 23 September 2011 Organisers: European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: Climate Change Committee agrees to ‘early auctions’ On 13 July 2011 Member States, via the EU’s Climate Change Committee, adopted the European Commission’s Draft regulation (amending the EU Emissions Trading Scheme Auctioning Regulation - No 1031/2010) to determine the volume of greenhouse gasemission allowances to be auctioned prior to 2013.
ENVIRONMENT European Commission study on the definition of start-up and shut-down for LCPs In July 2011 the draft final report entitled “Support for developing the definition of start-up and shut down periods for Large Combustion Plants (LCPs) under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED)” was published.
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS EECTP-E2BA-ERACOBUILD Conference, Warsaw 4 + 5 October 2011 Organisers: European Construction Technology Platform (EESTP), Energy Efficient Buildings European Association (E2BA) and Eracobuild
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: Poland takes Commission to Court over benchmark rules On 8 July 2011 the Polish government filed a lawsuit against the European Commission, asking the European Court of Justice to annul the rules for the allocation of permits over 2013-2020.
HEALTH AND SAFETY REACH: Potassium dichromate potentially subject to authorisation The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has issued a draft recommendation for the inclusion of Potassium dichromate on the List of Substances Subject to Authorisation (Annex XIV of REACH). Potassium dichromate is used in small quantities as a laboratory chemical to test the chromium (VI) content of cement.
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS EUROCODE 2 Workshop, Brussels 20 + 21 October 2011 Organisers: European Commission and the European Committee for Standardisation(CEN)
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: Commission publishes ETS factsheet on delivery of emission cuts Between 2005 and 2010 the European cement industry has cut its specific CO2 emissions by an average of 23% per installation, compared to an average 8% cut in the overall EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS).
HEALTH AND SAFETY SDS translations now available to CEMBUREAU Members The translation of the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for clinker, cement and flue dust are now available to CEMBUREAU Members from Cindi.
CLIMATE CHANGE IMO adopts mandatory measures for GHG reductions from shipping In July 2011, the Parties to MARPOL Annex VI represented in the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) adopted mandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping.
HEALTH AND SAFETY REACH Regulation: consolidated version now available A new consolidated version of the REACH Regulation (registration, evaluation, restrictions and authorisation of chemicals), containing all the modifications up until 5 May 2011, has been published on the Eurlex website.
CLIMATE CHANGE Report concludes Hungary could benefit from 30% CO2 cuts According to a report recently published by the Hungarian-based Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research, Hungary would benefit from cutting CO2 emissions by 30%, on an overall economy level.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY CEMBUREAU contributes to Commission resource efficiency and jobs study In July 2011, CEMBUREAU contributed to an ECORYS Nederland BV study commissioned by the European Commission (DG Environment) regarding the number of jobs dependent on the environment and resource efficiency improvements.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: Bruegel publishes study assessing impact of ETS A study published by think tank Bruegel in July 2011 suggests that the move from the first phase (2005-2007) of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) to the second phase (2008-2012) had an impact on the emission reductions carried out by firms.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Waste Framework Directive (WFD): Commission issues R1 formula Guidelines In July 2011, the European Commission published the “Guidelines on the interpretation of the R1 energy efficiency formula for incineration facilities dedicated to the processing of municipal solid waste”, in accordance with Annex II of the Waste Framework Directive (WFD, 2008/98/EC).
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: US proposed EU ETS prohibition act for airlines US House Transportation and Infrastructure chairman John Mica has introduced the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) Prohibition Act of 2011.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY WFD: Commission draft Guidance on key provisions A first draft of the European Commission’s Guidance on the interpretation of key provisions of the Waste Framework Directive (WFD, 2008/98/EC) has been made available for comment. In CEMBUREAU’s view, the draft is rather subjective and seems to favour dedicated waste incinerators.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: Québec publishes draft regulation On 6 July 2011, the government of Québec published a draft regulation on a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade programme based on the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) guidelines. The aim is for a one year trial period starting on 1 January 2012 whereby companies can buy and sell carbon credits.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY TAC approves Commission draft Decision on calculation of recycling and recovery targets In July 2011, experts in the Technical Adaptation Committee (TAC) approved the European Commission’s draft Decision on the application and calculation methods concerning the recycling and recovery targets under the Waste Framework Directive (WFD, 2008/98/EC).
CLIMATE CHANGE Australia unveils GHG tax On 10 July 2011 Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard, presented the country’s first tax on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This carbon tax scheme will apply from July 2012 with polluters paying an initial charge of A$23 per tonne of carbon dioxide, a figure which will increase by 2.5 percent a year, plus inflation.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY First results of COSMOS project published A report containing the initial results of the COSMOS project (COlloidal Silica Medium to Obtain Safe inert: the case of incinerator fly ash) has been published. The aim of this project, financed by the European Commission’s LIFE Programme, is to assess the potential industrial application of incinerator ashes treated with a colloidal silica medium.
CLIMATE CHANGE South Korea sets -30% CO2 target for 2020 In July 2011, the Korean Government has submitted a bill to Parliament with the aim of cutting carbon emissions by 30% below expected levels in 2020, following approval by the South Korean cabinet.
CONSTRUCTION Commission consults stakeholders on Sustainable Competitiveness of the construction sector In July 2011, the European Commission launched an online stakeholder’s consultation with the aim of preparing a Communication on the Sustainable Competitiveness of the construction sector and its enterprises.
CLIMATE CHANGE IEA publishes 2nd CCS Review The International Energy Agency has published the second edition of its Carbon Capture and Storage Legal and Regulatory Review (CCS Review).
CONSTRUCTION Commission budget proposal aims to boost infrastructure projects The European Commission has earmarked €40Bn for a new fund, entitled ‘Connecting Europe Facility’ which aims to aims to boost the pan European value of infrastructure projects under its proposal for a multi-annual budget for 2014-2020.
CLIMATE CHANGE ZEP publishes report on cost of CCS On 6 July 2011, the government of Québec published a draft regulation on a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade programme based on the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) guidelines. The aim is for a one year trial period starting on 1 January 2012 whereby companies can buy and sell carbon credits.
CONSTRUCTION CEN votes on cement standard In July 2011, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) voted positively on the cement standard EN 197-1.