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EDITORIAL ETS - CEMBUREAU calls for clear plant rationalisation rules May 2011 - A sense of urgency prevails in the European Commission and many Member States as the full set of Guidance Documents on Allocation Rules are not yet completed and the deadline for Member States to propose their plans for free allocation to the Commission by end September 2011 is approaching fast.
BUILDINGS & BUILDING MATERIALS IEA report on cogeneration and renewables published The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report entitled ‘Cogeneration and Renewables: solutions for a low-carbon energy future. It states that ‘co-generation’ is attractive to both policy-makers and private users and investors because it delivers a range of energy, environmental and economic benefits.
EDITORIAL CO2 Tax - further analysis In our last editorial we identified that the proposal to introduce a CO2 tax in the framework of the Directive on Taxation of Energy Products (2003/96/EC) would have a limited impact upon the cement industry. We raised questions to which further analysis now allows to answer.
HEALTH AND SAFETY Revision of Seveso II Directive The Proposal for a Directive on control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances is currently being discussed by the European Parliament. Released by the European Commission on 21 December 2010, it aims to revise Directive 96/82/EC (Directive Seveso II) due to changes in the EU system of classification of dangerous substances to which the Directive refers.
EDITORIAL CEMBUREAU quarterly economic report, 1st quarter 2011: First signs of stabilisation of construction activity in the EU The latest estimations from EUROSTAT show a 0.7% rise in the EU construction activity in the first quarter of 2011. Taking into account the euro area (EU17), the growth was of 1.1%. When compared to the same quarter of the previous year, the EU27 and the euro area showed 0% and -1.9% growths respectively.
HEALTH AND SAFETY Portland cement clinker: multiple entries notified to C&L inventory CEMBUREAU recently discovered that there are 31 “different” notifications of the classification and labelling (C&L) of Portland cement clinker to the ECHA’s C&L inventory.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Proposed EU ETS registry infrastructure rule change sent to Member States The European Commission submitted proposals to Member States in May to change the rules governing the registry infrastructure underpinning the EU ETS.
HEALTH AND SAFETY REACH evaluation: latest news Following on from the first REACH registration deadline of 30 November 2010, feedback on the testing plans entered with the registration dossiers is expected from ECHA by December 2012 at the latest.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Benchmarking decision published in Official Journal The Commission Decision determining transitional EU-wide rules for harmonised free allocation of emission allowances has been published in the EU’s Official Journal (OJ).
WASTE End-of-Waste criteria: latest developments A draft Joint Research Centre (JRC) report on end of waste (EoW) criteria for waste paper has been published. The paper recommends that waste paper complying with all the criteria can lose its waste status even prior to being recycled/recovered, which means in effect that the operations prior to the recycling (sorting, separating, cleaning, or grading) are considered as the completed recovery process.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Estonia NAP rejected by Commission for third time Estonia’s national allocation plan (NAP) for the current phase of the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) has been rejected by the European Commission for the third time.
OTHER NEWS International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement to be held in Madrid The 13th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement will be held in Madrid from 3 to 8 July 2011. Some 650 delegates have so far registered from all over the world. The Congress is an opportunity to increase modern society’s awareness of the importance of cement.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Commission updates list of airlines to fall under EU ETS The European Commission has updated the list of airlines expected to fall under the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) as of 2012. The list now includes operators flying to and from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
OTHER NEWS Green group holds seminar on raw materials strategy The European Parliament’s Green group recently held a seminar on raw materials in order to help form the group’s position on the EU's raw materials strategy. ”It is important to develop longer-term policies and perspectives, while there is pressure to act also in the short-term,” said Reinhard Butikofer (Greens/EFA, Germany).
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Environment Committee adopts draft report on "beyond 20%" The adoption of the draft report on an Analysis of options to move beyond 20% greenhouse gas emission reductions and assessing the risk of carbon leakage took place in ENVI committee on 24th May.
OTHER NEWS Commissioner Potocnik addresses European Minerals Day 2011 European Minerals Day 2011 took place on 13 May this year at the Kaolin JSC quarry site in Vetovo, Bulgaria. The event was attended by more than 200 guests, including representatives from the European Parliament, the Bulgarian government, the European Commission and industry.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME CCS proposals pass Member State stage Some 78 proposals for large-scale demonstration projects involving innovative renewable energy and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies have passed the Member State stage of the NER 300 programme and have been submitted to the European Investment Bank (EIB) under the EU's "NER 300" programme.
NEWS FROM THE CEMENT INDUSTRY CEMBUREAU team takes part in Brussels 20km! At the end of May, several members of the CEMBUREAU secretariat took part, as either runners or walkers, during the Brussels 20km.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Cement industry identified as CCS-applicable in Eurobarometer report A special Eurobarometer report on public awareness and acceptance of CO2 capture and storage mentions cement as one of the industries to which CCS can be applied.
ENVIRONMENT Commission adopts new strategy to halt loss of biodiversity by 2020 The European Commission has adopted a new strategy to halt the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the EU by 2020.The Commission will follow up different proposals and initiatives listed in the Strategy in 2012, and will review the strategy in 2014.
ENVIRONMENT Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 discussed at Green Week The Commission's "Energy Efficiency Plan 2011" was discussed at Green Week on 25 May 2011. The event, organised by DG Environment in partnership with DG Energy, focused on the way forward as regards the promotion of energy efficiency in Europe.
ENVIRONMENT Draft directive targets energy saving obligation schemes Details have emerged concerning the proposal (to be released at the end of June) to combine the existing combined heat and power (CHP) and energy services directives into one single piece of legislation. The Commission believes that these laws have failed to deliver sufficient improvements.
BUILDINGS & BUILDING MATERIALS Council calls for more flexibility in energy efficiency of buildings The European Council issued draft conclusions earlier this month calling for Member States to be given more flexibility in their approaches to improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings
BUILDINGS & BUILDING MATERIALS Sustainable and competitive construction sector report published A final Commission report on the Sustainable Competitiveness of the Construction Sector has been published. According to the report, the financial crisis in 2007 had a significant impact on activities in on-site construction, with the most affected countries being the ones that had experienced the highest growth rates up to 2007.
BUILDINGS & BUILDING MATERIALS Ecolabelling scheme could be expanded, says Commission Several new products could be included in the EU's ecolabelling scheme in coming years, according to a draft working plan issued by the European Commission.