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EDITORIAL How construction can contribute to EU growth? May 2012 - The debate, in the EU, about the correct economic policy mix is at the top of the agenda. The advocates of “austerity and nothing but austerity” are facing strong criticism, in many corners, from those who want to re-launch growth.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: State aid compensation for high electricity costs - Cement not eligible On 22 May 2012, the European Commission adopted rules in relation to national support for industrial electricity costs within the context of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: latest news on ETS review On 15 May 2012, Climate Change Commissioner Connie Hedegaard announced that the review of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be published before the summer break in 2012 and not, as expected, in 2013.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: 22 NIMs notified By the end of May 2012, twenty-two Member States had notified their National Implementation Measures (NIMs) to the European Commission.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: 2% decrease in 2011 GHG emissions On 2 May 2012, the European Commission granted unlimited access to the following via the Community Transaction Log (CITL) website...
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: transition to single registry timetable announced On 3 May 2012, the European Commission announced its timetable regarding the activation of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) single registry, which will occur in June 2012.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: latest international developments On 2 May 2012, the South Korean National Assembly passed a bill relating to the establishment of a CO2 cap-and-trade system on 1 January 2015.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: 10 international carriers fail to report aviation emissions In relation to the reporting of 2011 aviation emissions by international carriers, the European Commission has confirmed that only 10 carriers (8 from China and 2 from India) have not provided the data on time.
CLIMATE CHANGE IEA reports increase in global CO2 emissions According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 2011 global CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel combustion rose by 3.2% last year to 31.6 gigatonnes. The greatest increases were registered in China (9.3%) and India (8.7%).
CLIMATE CHANGE Commission launches consultation on climate change On 21 May 2012, the European Commission launched a public consultation on adaptation to climate change. The aim of this consultation is to obtain feedback from stakeholders for the preparation of the EU Adaptation Strategy.
ENERGY EED - ETS: Parliament defends set aside during trialogue According to reports, the European Parliament continued to defend its position regarding the setting aside of EU emission allowances (EUAs) during the last Trialogue meeting on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) held on 8 May 2012.
ENVIRONMENT BAT conclusions agreed in Seville From 14-16 May 2012, the Cement, Lime and Magnesium Oxide (CLM) Technical Working Group (TWG) met in Seville (Spain) to discuss and agree the draft Best Available Techniques (BAT) conclusions for the CLM BAT Reference Document (BREF).
ENVIRONMENT Air pollution: amendments to Gothenburg Protocol approved On 4 May 2012, the Parties to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Air Pollution Convention approved amendments to the 1999 Gothenburg Protocol to Abate Acidification, Eutrophication and Ground-level Ozone (Gothenburg Protocol).
ENVIRONMENT IED: start-up and shut-down period implementing decision published On 9 May 2012, the European Commission’s Implementing Decision in relation to the determination of start-up and shut-down periods for the purposes of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) was published in the Official Journal.
ENVIRONMENT Sulphur content of marine fuels provisional agreement On 15 May 2012, an agreement was reached between the Council and the European Parliament on the revision of the Sulphur Directive (Directive 1999/32/EC) in relation to the sulphur content of marine fuels.
HEALTH AND SAFETY REACH review: Milieu study to assess overlaps published The European Commission has published the final report of the study conducted by Milieu for DG Enterprise entitled “Technical assistance related to the scope of REACH and other relevant EU legislation to assess overlaps”.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Resource Efficient Europe report adopted in Parliament On 24 May 2012 the European Parliament adopted, in plenary, MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy’s (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, the Netherlands) draft report on a resource-efficient Europe.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Resource Efficiency: impact on employment On 21 May 2012 the European Commission published the ECORYS Nederland BV study commissioned by DG Environment regarding the number of jobs dependent on the environment and resource efficiency improvements.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Commission launches call for 2012 eco-innovation proposals On 8 May 2012 the European Commission launched its 2012 call for proposals in relation to eco-innovation. 34.8 million Euros have been allocated to this initiative, with the Commission providing up to 50% in co-funding to around 50 projects.
CONSTRUCTION ECP responds to energy efficiency financial support consultation On 11 May 2012, the European Concrete Platform (ECP), of which CEMBUREAU is a member, responded to a European Commission consultation in relation to financial support for the energy efficiency of buildings.
CONSTRUCTION ECJ ruling: Ecolabel cannot be referred to in public tenders On 10 May 2012 the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Ecolabels cannot be imposed in public tenders.
CONSTRUCTION EU Project Bonds: Agreement reached in trialogue On 22 May 2012, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement in ‘Trialogue’ on the proposal for a pilot phase of the Europe 2020 Project Bond Initiative, which was originally adopted in October 2011.
OTHER NEWS Consultation on the EU2020 flagship on Industrial Policy launched On 16 May 2012, the European Commission launched a consultation with the aim of obtaining stakeholders views in preparation for the mid-term review of the industrial policy flagship planned for September 2012.
OTHER NEWS Revised Transparency Register Guidelines published In May 2012, the Transparency Register published its revised European Transparency Register Compliance Guidelines.