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EDITORIAL CEMBUREAU: Facing the challenges ahead June 2012 - At its General Assembly of 5 June, 2012, CEMBUREAU members thanked Jean-Marie Chandelle who successfully led the organisation for the past sixteen years and welcomed Koen Coppenholle as the new Chief Executive. All of us will keep warm memories of Jean-Marie as an inspirational leader, an excellent lawyer, a generous teacher and a great mentor. We are fortunate to have Jean-Marie participate in a number of ongoing projects for CEMBUREAU.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: 24 NIMs notified By the end of June 2012, 24 Member States had notified their National Implementation Measures (NIMs) to the European Commission. Italy, Spain and Greece are the three Member States which have yet to do so.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: State aid Guidelines published in Official Journal On 5 June 2012, the “Guidelines on certain State aid measures in the context of the greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme post 2012” were published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: Aviation row intensifies International opposition has intensified during June 2012 in relation to the inclusion of aviation in the EU-ETS. In this respect, IATA (International Air Transport Association) indicated that a global agreement, preferably through the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) which will meet in October 2013, was now necessary in order to prevent a trade war.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: Study outlines recommendations to strengthen ETS In a report, commissioned by WWF and Greenpeace, entitled “Strengthening the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme and Raising Climate Ambition: Facts, Measures and Implications”, the Öko-Institut has highlighted a series of recommendations in order to strengthen the ETS.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: updated Q&A on 3rd trading period auctioning published On 6 June 2012, the European Commission updated its questionnaire in relation to auctioning during the 3rd trading period of the EU ETS. In this respect, six new questions have been included regarding the Phase 3 auctions and the first annual carbon market report.
CLIMATE CHANGE Legal arguments on legality of setting aside allowances A legal opinion, commissioned by the Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries, has concluded that any attempt at setting aside EU emission allowances would violate EU law. The opinion, produced by German law firm Luther, states that, according to Article 10 of the Emissions Trading Directive, “the Commission is not entitled to interfere with the market through the change of the Auctioning Regulation intended by it”.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: Benefits and barriers to low carbon economy report published On 4 June 2012, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR, UK) published a report entitled “Europe's next economy: The benefits of and barriers to the low-carbon transition”. Whilst examining the views of the transition to a low carbon economy of businesses in the EU, the report provides a number of recommendations.
CLIMATE CHANGE CSI Sectoral Market Mechanisms published On 5 June 2012, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) published its ‘Sectoral Market Mechanisms’ brochure which provides an overview of some of the key elements and conditions for sectoral market mechanisms to work successfully.
CLIMATE CHANGE CSI publishes revised Emissions Monitoring and Reporting Guidelines On 5 June 2012, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) published its revised cement sector guidelines for emissions monitoring and reporting.
ENERGY EED: Agreement reached between Parliament and Council On 13 June 2012, the European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED). Several of the elements contained within the compromise are of relevance to the cement sector. The text agreed includes “deep renovation” as an energy efficiency measure.
ENERGY 2050 Energy Roadmap: Council conclusions vetoed On 15 June 2012, the Energy Council was set to adopt its conclusions in relation to the 2050 Energy Roadmap. However, on the day, these were not acceptable to Poland as they did not include references to the international context.
ENERGY Council discussions on Taxation of Energy Products Directive On 22 June 2012, finance Ministers discussed the proposal for a review of the Taxation of Energy Products Directive (TEP). In this respect, there was agreement amongst Member States (MS) that minimum tax levels should be laid down in the Directive, taking, as a reference point, the energy content and CO2 emission levels of energy products.
ENERGY Renewable energy communication published On 6 June 2012, the European Commission published a communication entitled “Renewable energy: a major player in the European energy market”.
ENERGY Study outlines main effects of meeting 20% savings target On 6 June 2012 an ECOFYS study entitled “Saving energy: bringing down Europe’s energy prices” (commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe and Climate Action Network Europe) was published.
ENVIRONMENT Council adopts Conclusions on 7th EAP On 11 June 2012, the Council adopted Conclusions on the Seventh EU Environment Action Programme (7th EAP). In this respect, the document includes a vision for 2050 and objectives for 2020; better implementation, enforcement, monitoring and strengthening of environment policy and legislation; and finally the transition to a green economy.
ENVIRONMENT CEMBUREAU responds to Consultation on environment policy priorities On 1 June 2012, CEMBUREAU responded to the Public Consultation on the EU environment policy priorities for 2020. In its response, the Association indicates that the new Environmental Action Plan (EAP) should provide the long term certainty and a conductive framework for the private sector to invest in resource efficiency, low-carbon technology and eco-innovation.
ENVIRONMENT BAT conclusions: adoption of timetable The Cement, Lime and Magnesium Oxide (CLM) Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Document (BREF) adapted to the provisions of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED, including the BAT conclusions as discussed in the CLM Technical Working Group [TWG] Meeting held 14-16 May 2012) has been released and sent to the IED Article 13 Forum for its opinion.
ENVIRONMENT ILO study highlights job creation potential of green economy On 31 May 2012 the International Labour Organisation published a study (entitled “Working towards sustainable development: Opportunities for decent work and social inclusion in a green economy”) underlining the potential of transforming to greener economy to generate 15 to 60 million additional jobs globally over the next two decades “if the right set of policies are put in place”.
ENVIRONMENT Council holds orientation debate on LULUCF On 11 June 2012, the Council held an orientation debate on Land Use, Land Change and Forestry (LULUCF). In this respect, Ministers welcomed the proposal from the European Commission and the phased approach suggested.
ENVIRONMENT Biodiversity: Commission issues No net loss tender On 31 May 2012, the European Commission issued a call for tender on policy options for an EU 'No net loss' initiative within the field of biodiversity.
ENVIRONMENT Mercury: UNEP Cement Partnership draft business plan published Earlier this month the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership issued a draft business plan for the Cement Industry Partnership. In this respect, the priority actions outlined in the document include the establishment of sectoral mercury inventories and baseline scenarios for the industry, encouraging the use of the most appropriate techniques to reduce or minimise mercury releases into the environment, and increasing the cement industry’s awareness of mercury as a pollutant through increased outreach efforts.
ENVIRONMENT Mercury: Council adopts conclusions on International Management of Chemicals On 11 June 2012, the Environment Council adopted conclusions on the International Management of Chemicals. In this document, the Council indicates that the EU will continue and intensify its international efforts to reduce mercury emissions.
HEALTH AND SAFETY REACH review delayed CEMBUREAU has been informed that the European Commission has missed the deadline for publishing its review of the REACH regulation. The review was originally due to be published on 1 June 2013, as indicated in the May 2012 Eurobrief.
HEALTH AND SAFETY Implementation and Enforcement of Restrictions report published Earlier this month, the final report by Milieu entitled “Implementation and Enforcement of Restrictions under Title VIII and Annex XVII to REACH in the Member States” was published.
HEALTH AND SAFETY Revision of Seveso II Directive adopted by Parliament and Council On 26 June 2012, the Council adopted Directive 2012/.../EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances (Seveso III). This follows its adoption by the European Parliament on 14 June 2012.
HEALTH AND SAFETY CLP: consolidated version now available A consolidated version of the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures Regulation, which takes into account European Commission Regulations (EC) No 790/2009 and (EU) No 286/2011, is now available online.
HEALTH AND SAFETY ECHA 7th’s stakeholders day: documents now available The presentations given during the seventh European Chemicals Agency's (ECHA) Stakeholders' Day, held in Helsinki on 23 May 2012, are now available for download from the ECHA website.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY European Resource Efficiency Platform launch On 5 June 2012, the European Commission launched its European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP). With the aim of providing direction and support in the EU's efforts to move towards a more resource-efficient economic system dialogue on resource efficiency, the EREP will focus on the key resources, sectors and policy areas as defined in the Roadmap to a Resource-Efficient Europe.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Waste Framework Directive Guidance published On 21 June 2012, the European Commission published the “Guidance on the interpretation of key provisions of Directive 2008/98/EC on waste” (Waste Framework Directive - WFD). This is a non binding Guidance which aims to assist both national authorities and economic operators with the aforementioned legislation.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Assessment of resource efficiency indicators published On 21 June 2012 the European Commission published the final report by BIO Intelligence Service entitled “Assessment of resource efficiency indicators”.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Basel Convention publishes new waste report In June 2012 the Basel Convention, together with Zoï Environment Network and GRID-Arendal, released the latest “Vital Waste Graphics 3” report.
CONSTRUCTION Commission outlines objectives of upcoming construction competitiveness strategy On 8 June 2012, the European Commission issued a press statement outlining the objectives of its forthcoming strategy to enhance the competitiveness of the construction sector.
CONSTRUCTION Cement standard published in the Official Journal on 19 June 2012 On 19 June 2012 EN 197-1:2011 reference and title of the harmonised standard (Cement - Part 1: Composition, specifications and conformity criteria for common cements) was published in the Official Journal.
CONSTRUCTION Budgets Committee endorses project bonds deal On 31 May 2012 the Budget’s Committee of the European Parliament endorsed the agreement reached between the Parliament, European Commission, and the Council negotiators on 22 May 2012.
CONSTRUCTION Commission communication on green single market expected by autumn According to reports, the European Commission is expected to release a communication on “green single market for green growth” in the autumn of 2012.
CEMBUREAU CEMBUREAU welcomes new Associate Member Serbia! On 1 July 2012, CEMBUREAU welcomed the Serbian Cement Industry Association (CIS) as an Associate Member of the Association.
OTHER NEWS CSI publishes Progress Report On 19 June 2012, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) published its 2012 Progress Report at the Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD) Day in Rio de Janeiro during the Rio+20 Summit.
OTHER NEWS Inclusive Wealth Index - going beyond GDP In June 2012, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) together with the United Nations University's International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (UNU-IHDP) presented a new sustainability index which looks beyond GDP.
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS Breakfast Policy Briefing on EU climate policies Breakfast Policy Briefing on EU climate policies Brussels, Belgium – 10 July 2012 - Organiser: CEPS
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS Waste-to-Energy Waste-to-Energy – Wurzburg, Germany – 6-7 September 2012 - Organiser: CEWEP (Confederation of Waste to Energy Plants)
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS Structural Fire Design of Buildings Structural Fire Design of Buildings - Brussels, Belgium - 27-28 November 2012 - Organiser: European Commission