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ETS: Commission publishes “ETS fix”

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On 25 July 2012, the European Commission published its proposal to amend the EU Emissions Trading Directive (ETD). This minor amendment aims to clarify that, in order to ensure the correct functioning of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the timing of auctions within a trading period may be changed by amending the Commission Auctioning Regulation

On 25 July 2012, the European Commission published its proposal to amend the EU Emissions Trading Directive (ETDi). This minor amendment aims to clarify that, in order to ensure the correct functioning of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETSi), the timing of auctions within a trading period may be changed by amending the Commission Auctioning Regulation. This amendment will be adopted through co-decision, shortly after the summer break. In addition, the Commission presented a draft, accompanied by a staff working document, for amending the Auctioning Regulation in the future.

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Economic Quarterly Report

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As in previous quarters, in Q1 2012 the macroeconomic environment in the EU and the euro area continued to be negatively affected by low consumer confidence, ongoing sovereign debt crises and high unemployment rates (which peaked in historical terms in countries such as Spain - 24.6% - and Greece - 22.5%) resulting in weak private consumption and subdued business investment. As a result, quarter-on-quarter growth rate in real GDP in the EU27 was flat, following from the modest 0.3% decrease in Q4 2011. On a yearly basis, real GDP in the EU slowed down compared to what was recorded in Q4 2011 (0.8%), and grew by a mere 0.1%, which has been the lowest rate observed since Q4 2009.

As in previous quarters, in Q1 2012 the macroeconomic environment in the EU and the euro area continued to be negatively affected by low consumer confidence, ongoing sovereign debt crises and high unemployment rates (which peaked in historical terms in countries such as Spain - 24.6% - and Greece - 22.5%) resulting in weak private consumption and subdued business investment. As a result, quarter-on-quarter growth rate in real GDP in the EU27 was flat, following from the modest 0.3% decrease in Q4 2011.

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Competitiveness of the European construction industry: CEMBUREAU will take action

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On 31 July 2012, the European Commission outlined its “Strategy for the sustainable competitiveness of the construction sector and its enterprises”. The Communication acknowledges the economic importance of the construction sector which can significantly influence the development of the overall economy.

On 31 July 2012, the European Commission outlined its “Strategy for the sustainable competitiveness of the construction sector and its enterprises”1. The Communication acknowledges the economic importance of the construction sector which can significantly influence the development of the overall economy.

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EDITORIAL Competitiveness of the European construction industry: CEMBUREAU will take action On 31 July 2012, the European Commission outlined its “Strategy for the sustainable competitiveness of the construction sector and its enterprises”. The Communication acknowledges the economic importance of the construction sector which can significantly influence the development of the overall economy.
EDITORIAL Economic Quarterly Report As in previous quarters, in Q1 2012 the macroeconomic environment in the EU and the euro area continued to be negatively affected by low consumer confidence, ongoing sovereign debt crises and high unemployment rates (which peaked in historical terms in countries such as Spain - 24.6% - and Greece - 22.5%) resulting in weak private consumption and subdued business investment. As a result, quarter-on-quarter growth rate in real GDP in the EU27 was flat, following from the modest 0.3% decrease in Q4 2011. On a yearly basis, real GDP in the EU slowed down compared to what was recorded in Q4 2011 (0.8%), and grew by a mere 0.1%, which has been the lowest rate observed since Q4 2009.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: Commission publishes “ETS fix” On 25 July 2012, the European Commission published its proposal to amend the EU Emissions Trading Directive (ETD). This minor amendment aims to clarify that, in order to ensure the correct functioning of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the timing of auctions within a trading period may be changed by amending the Commission Auctioning Regulation
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: All NIMs notified By the end of August 2012, all Member States had notified their National Implementation Measures (NIMs) to the European Commission.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: CCC endorses GD7 annex On 11 July 2012, the Climate Change Committee endorsed the annex to guidance document 7 on the harmonised free allocation methodology for the EU-ETS post 2012 – Guidance on new entrants and closures.
CLIMATE CHANGE ETS: M&R Regulation published in Official Journal On 12 July 2012, European Commission Regulation (No 601/2012) on the monitoring and reporting (M&R) of greenhouse gas emissions was published in the Official Journal.
CLIMATE CHANGE IFIEC calls for robust, predictable, recession-proof ETS On 6 July 2012, the International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (IFIEC Europe) called for an enhanced EU ETS, which is “robust, predictable, recession-proof and capable to help strengthening EU economy”.
CLIMATE CHANGE Future of the WTO and the International Trading System workshop On 8 July 2012, the Directorate-General for External Policies (DG EXPO, European Commission) held a workshop on the Future of the WTO and the International Trading System.
CLIMATE CHANGE Trends in global CO2 emissions published Over the summer, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) published their “Trends in global CO2 emissions 2012” report.
CLIMATE CHANGE Adapting to Climate Change: Ministers hold Informal Council On 8 July 2012, Environment ministers held an informal Council under the auspices of the Cypriot Presidency during which the issue of adaptation to climate change was discussed.
ENERGY EED voted in Parliament On 12 July 2012, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the European Parliament adopted the compromise text on the Proposal for a Directive on energy efficiency.
ENERGY 2050 Energy Roadmap debated in Parliament On 10 July 2012, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) held a debate in relation to Rapporteur Romana Jordan’s (Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats), Slovenia) draft opinion on the Energy Roadmap 2050.
ENVIRONMENT Mercury: CEMBUREAU attends INC4 From 26 June until 2 July 2012, CEMBUREAU attended the 4th Session of UNEP Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC4) on a global legally-binding mercury instrument. During the meeting, China presented an interesting image of the challenges ahead of INC4 and beyond.
ENVIRONMENT UNEP issues draft Mercury Technical Background Report The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has invited stakeholders to review the first part of the draft Technical Background Report to the report entitled “Global Atmospheric Mercury Assessment: Sources, Emissions and Transport”, with a deadline for comments of 31 August 2012.
ENVIRONMENT EU Air Policy Review: SEG 3 summary report published The draft summary report of the 3rd Stakeholder Expert Group on the Review of the EU Air Policy held on 21 June 2012 is now available for download from Circa.
ENVIRONMENT EU emission inventory report published On 30 July 2012, the European Environment Agency (EEA) published its annual report entitled “European Union emission inventory report 1990–2010 under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP)”.
ENVIRONMENT Commission consultation on implementation of Stockholm Convention on POPs launched On 2 August 2012, the European Commission launched a consultation on the Update of the European Union's Implementation Plan for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
ENVIRONMENT IED: study on smaller combustion plants published On 23 July 2012, the European Commission published a study, produced by AMEC for DG Environment, entitled “Collection and analysis of data to support the Commission in reporting in line with Article 73(2)(a) of Directive 2012/75/EU on industrial emissions on the need to control emissions from the combustion of fuels in installations with a total rated thermal input below 50MW”.
ENVIRONMENT Report outlines MBI revenue generating potential On 15 August 2012, the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) published a report entitled "Investments in Improving the Environment and in Remediation of Environmental Damage – Comparative Study of Different Measures Funded through the Use of Economic Environmental Instruments".
ENVIRONMENT LIFE Projects published On 20 July 2012, the European Commission published information on the latest projects to receive funding under the LIFE Programme
HEALTH AND SAFETY Seveso III published in Official Journal On 24 July 2012, Directive 2012/18/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances, amending and subsequently repealing Council Directive 96/82/EC (Seveso) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
HEALTH AND SAFETY ECHA plans publication of additional information on chemical substances ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, has announced plans to publish additional information on chemical substances on its website.
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS Renovate Europe Day Renovate Europe Day - Brussels, Belgium - 11 October 2012
HEALTH AND SAFETY REACH-IT: new version now online The new version of REACH-IT is now available to users in order to submit Registration and other dossiers to ECHA.
HEALTH AND SAFETY Chemical Safety Report updated On 18 July 2012 the Chemical Safety Report plug-in was updated to IUCLID 5.4 (International Uniform Chemical Information Database).
HEALTH AND SAFETY ECHA publishes Practical Guide on preparation of toxicological summaries On 18 July 2012, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published its Practical Guide 14 on how to prepare toxicological summaries in IUCLID and how to Derive No Effect Levels (DNELs).
HEALTH AND SAFETY Regulation amending CLP published in Official Journal On 10 July 2012, the European Commission Regulation (No 618/2012) amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) was published in the Official Journal.
HEALTH AND SAFETY Commission plans 2013 – 2020 Health & Safety Strategy In preparation for the 2013 – 2020 Health & Safety (H&S) Strategy, which will be drafted during the course of 2013, the European Commission is currently conducting an assessment of the 2007-2012 strategy
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Innovation in Resource and Energy Efficiency: new industry association established On 18 July 2012 18, A.SPIRE aisbl (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency), that will manage and implement the proposed SPIRE Public-Private Partnership (PPP) was established as a legal entity in Brussels.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Commission launches resource efficiency indicators consultation On 26 July 2012, the European Commission launched a consultation with the aim of obtaining feedback from stakeholders on the analysis of resource efficiency indicators already undertaken, as well as to stimulate a discussion in order to collect a wide range of options and ideas on how resource efficiency can be best measured, monitored and communicated.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Global resource use report published In July 2012, The Sustainable Europe Research Institute published its report entitled “Green economies around the world? Implications of resource use for development and the environment”.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Waste Framework Directive Technical Adaptation Committee meets in July On 9 July 2012, the Technical Adaptation Committee of the Waste Framework Directive (WFD) met in Brussels. One of the issues on the agenda was minimum standards for non-IPPC (Industrial Pollution Prevention and Control) installations.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Defra issues waste guidance On 20 August 2012, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) published a guidance document entitled “Guidance on the legal definition of waste and its application” which highlights the factors that should be considered when deciding if a discarded substance continues or ceases to be waste.
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Waste Shipment Regulation report published On 4 July 2012 the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL) released its report on the Practicability and Enforceability of the Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR).
RESOURCE EFFICIENCY EOW: Biodegradable Waste Subject to Biological Treatment working document published In August 2012 the third working document on End-of-waste (EOW) Criteria for Biodegradable Waste Subject to Biological Treatment was published by the Institute of Prospective Technology Studies (IPTS).
CONSTRUCTION Project Bonds pilot project adopted by Parliament and Council, published in OJ On 5 July 2012, the European Parliament adopted, in plenary, the Färm Report on the Pilot Phase of the Project Bonds Initiative. This follows the agreement reached in ‘Trialogue’ (European Commission, Parliament and Council) on 22 May 2012.
CONSTRUCTION SCP Action Plan review postponed to end of year Although originally expected in autumn 2012, CEMBUREAU has learnt that the planned review of the Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Action Plan will be postponed until the end of the year.
CONSTRUCTION CEN/TC 350 launches dedicated website CEN/TC 350, the standards committee which is responsible for the development of voluntary horizontal standardised methods for the assessment of the sustainability aspects of new and existing construction works and for standards for the environmental
CONSTRUCTION 2012 CPR Conference presentations now available The presentations given during the Construction Products Regulation Conference 2012 held on 25 June are now available for download from the European Commission’s website.
CONSTRUCTION Public procurement: ENVI adopts opinion On 10 July 2012, the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted Åsa Westlund’s (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Sweden) opinion on the proposal for a directive on public procurement.
CONSTRUCTION Product & Organisation Environmental Footprint draft methodologies published On 6 August 2012, the draft final methodologies for Product Environmental Footprint & Organisation Environmental Footprint were published by the European Commission.
NEWS FROM THE CEMENT INDUSTRY CEMBUREAU welcomes new Chief Executive On 2 July 2012, CEMBUREAU welcomed Koen Coppenholle as the new Chief Executive of the Association. He takes over from Jean-Marie Chandelle who retired at the end of June 2012.
NEWS FROM THE CEMENT INDUSTRY CEMBUREAU – Cement industry within a low carbon economy CEMBUREAU is in the process of developing a vision of a low carbon European cement industry for 2050 and beyond.
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS From Harsh Environment to High Tech Solutions From Harsh Environment to High Tech Solutions - Brussels, Belgium – 5 September 2012
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS Reducing CO2 Emissions from Shipping - Rethinking European Policies Reducing CO2 Emissions from Shipping - Rethinking European Policies – Brussels, Belgium – 18 September 2012
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS ECHA second Lead registrant workshop ECHA second Lead registrant workshop – Helsinki, Finland - 11-12 October 2012
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS European Plastics Recyclers Annual Meeting European Plastics Recyclers Annual Meeting – Brussels, Belgium - 21-22 November 2012
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS Concrete Show South East Asia Concrete Show South East Asia - Jakarta, Indonesia - 24 – 26 October 2013
UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS Concrete Show India Concrete Show India – Bombay, India - 13-15 March 2014– Organisers: UBM Built Environment
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Brussels 9 July 2012 – CEMBUREAU, the European cement association, is in the process of developing a vision of a low carbon European cement industry for 2050 and beyond. With the aim of identifying how key stakeholders see the cement industry in the future, and in order for the industry to best identify and tackle future challenges, the Association has today launched a stakeholders’ consultation with the aim of obtaining feedback on their expectations vis-a-vis the cement sector.

Brussels 9 July 2012 – CEMBUREAU, the European cement association, is in the process of developing a vision of a low carbon European cement industry for 2050 and beyond. With the aim of identifying how key stakeholders see the cement industry in the future, and in order for the industry to best identify and tackle future challenges, the Association has today launched a stakeholders’ consultation with the aim of obtaining feedback on their expectations vis-a-vis the cement sector.

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Structural Fire Design of Buildings

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Structural Fire Design of Buildings - Brussels, Belgium - 27-28 November 2012 - Organiser: European Commission

Structural Fire Design of Buildings

Brussels, Belgium
27-28 November 2012

Focus: Contribute towards the transfer of background knowledge and expertise on Eurocodes-Structural Fire Design Parts from CEN/TC250 Horizontal Group-Fire to potential trainers at national level and Eurocode users.

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Waste-to-Energy

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Waste-to-Energy – Wurzburg, Germany – 6-7 September 2012 - Organiser: CEWEP (Confederation of Waste to Energy Plants)

Waste-to-Energy

Wurzburg, Germany
6-7 September 2012

Focus: Waste-to-Energy’s contribution to Energy & Resource Efficiency

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Breakfast Policy Briefing on EU climate policies

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Breakfast Policy Briefing on EU climate policies Brussels, Belgium – 10 July 2012 - Organiser: CEPS

Breakfast Policy Briefing on EU climate policies

Brussels, Belgium
10 July 2012

Focus: EU climate policies – can we meet the challenges of the future with the means of today?

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Inclusive Wealth Index - going beyond GDP

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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.

In June 2012, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEPi) 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. The so-call “Inclusive Wealth Index” (IWI), published via the Inclusive Wealth Report 2012 (IWR), captures the value of natural resources which are being depleted by human activities.

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CSI publishes Progress Report

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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.

On 19 June 2012, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSDi) Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSIi) published its 2012 Progress Report at the Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD) Day in Rio de Janeiro during the Rio+20 Summit.

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