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EDITORIAL EU-ETS: Does it have a future? March 2012 - At the end of March – early April 2012, the value of EUAs on the carbon market went through a further decline of nearly 14% with prices reaching an all time low of €6.14 per tonne of CO2. At that sort of level, the EU-ETS is not going to play its role. It will not incentivise the structural changes to deliver the emission reductions that were expected.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: update on NIMs notifications By the end of March 2012, the number of Member States which had notified their National Implementation Measures (NIMs) to the European Commission grew to nineteen...
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: latest developments in aviation and shipping Further to the meeting in Moscow on 21 February 2012 (see February 2012 Eurobrief) regarding the inclusion of aviation in the EU-ETS, China is blocking contractors purchasing planes manufactured by Airbus, an EU aircraft manufacturer.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: 2011 CO2 emissions published According to a recent report by Deutsche Bank, issued ahead of the European Commission’s publication of verified data for 2011, ETS emissions were estimated to have risen by 1.3% in 2011.
CLIMATE CHANGE Alliance calls for no revision of 2020 targets On 7 March 2012, the European Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries (AEII) – of which CEMBUREAU is a member – stressed that the current 2020 emission reduction targets should not be revised.
CLIMATE CHANGE Roadmap 2050: adopted by parliament, but no council agreement On 15 March 2012, the European Parliament adopted, in Plenary, Chris Davies’ (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, UK) report on a Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050.
CLIMATE CHANGE EEA launches climate adaptation platform On 23 March 2012, the European Commission, together with the European Environment Agency (EEA), launched the European Climate Adaptation Platform (CLIMATE-ADAPT), a website which aims to provide advice to policymakers on preparing and adapting to climate change.
ENERGY Energy Efficiency Directive: trialogue negotiations to begin According to the latest information received by CEMBUREAU, the trialogue negotiations between the European Parliament, Council and European Commission are scheduled to begin on 11 April 2012.
ENVIRONMENT CEMBUREAU submits comments to BAT Conclusions On 16 March 2012, CEMBUREAU submitted technical comments on the draft Best Available Techniques (BAT) Conclusions for the Cement, Lime and Magnesium Oxide (CLM) BREF to the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS).
ENVIRONMENT CEMBUREAU attends Ecodesign of kilns stakeholders meeting On 26 March 2012, CEMBUREAU attended the third and final meeting regarding the ecodesign of industrial and laboratory furnaces and ovens, including cement kilns. As indicated in the February 2012 Eurobrief, the potential application of ecodesign criteria to cement kilns is not appropriate given that they form part of an integrated process.
ENVIRONMENT 7th EAP: latest developments On 12 March 2012, the European Commission launched a public consultation entitled “EU environment policy priorities for 2020: Towards a 7th EU Environment Action Programme (EAP)”.
ENVIRONMENT Biodiversity report adopted in ENVI On 21 March 2012 the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament adopted Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy’s (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, the Netherlands) draft report on the EU’s Biodiversity strategy.
ENVIRONMENT 6th LIFE+ call for proposals published On 13 March 2012, the European Commission published the 6th LIFE+ call for proposals. LIFE+ is EU’s Financial Instrument for the Environment.
ENVIRONMENT Commission green infrastructure webportal updated The European Commission has updated the section of its website dedicated to green infrastructure (GI).
ENVIRONMENT Better implementation of environmental legislation communication adopted On 7 March 2012, the European Commission adopted a communication on “Improving the delivery of benefits from EU environment measures: building confidence through better knowledge and responsiveness”.
HEALTH AND SAFETY NEPSI: 100% reporting achieved in the cement industry! In relation to the European Network on Crystalline Silica’s (NEPSI) Social Dialogue Agreement’s (SDA) 2012 reporting, CEMBUREAU is pleased to announce that 100% reporting has been achieved in the cement industry!
HEALTH AND SAFETY Revision of Seveso II Directive: informal agreement reached On 28 March 2012, a compromise proposal agreed between the Council and the European Parliament regarding the revision of the directive on control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances (Seveso II) was endorsed by the Committee of Permanent Representatives, paving the way towards its formal adoption by the Council.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY European Innovation Partnership on raw materials launched On 1 March 2012, the European Commission launched its European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on raw materials, which covers both industrial and construction materials.
CONSTRUCTION Standardisation regulation: vote in IMCO and ITRE On 20 March 2012, the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection of the European Parliament (IMCO) voted on Lara Comi’s (Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats), Italy) draft report on the proposal for a regulation on European Standardisation.
CONSTRUCTION Financial support for energy efficient buildings consultation launched The European Commission has recently launched a consultation with the aim of identify how financial support for energy efficiency in buildings could be improved. As highlighted in the consultation paper, the EU is not on track towards achieving a 20% reduction in energy consumption by 2020.
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS 12th European Forum on Eco-Innovation Westerkerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 25-26 April 2012 - Organiser: European Commission (DG Environment)
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS World Day for Safety and Health at Work World Day for Safety and Health at Work – 28 April 2012 - Organiser: International Labour Organisation
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS Concrete Structures for Sustainable Society Stockholm, Sweden - 11–14 June 2012 - Organiser: Fib – International Federation for Structural Concrete, Svenska Betongföreningen (Swedish Concrete Association) and Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)