The European Commission does not intend to come forward with a legislative proposal on legally binding sustainability criteria for biomass used to generate heat and power. A Commission report published in February considers that binding criteria would generate significant costs for economic operators. Instead, the Commission proposes criteria that Member States will be free to apply. The criteria would apply to energy producers of one megawatt thermal or 1MW electrical capacity or above.
The Council has adopted its position at first reading on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Industrial Emissions (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) (Recast). The Council believes that its position provides for a more harmonised and rigorous implementation of emission limits associated with Best Available Techniques (BATi) across the EU.
Two new Directorates-General: DG Energy (ENER) and DG Climate Action (CLIM) have been created within the European Commission. The Energy DG contains the departments in the former Transport and Energy DG that dealt with energy issues, and the Task Force Energy, which will be transferred from the External Relations DG. The new Director-General for the Energy DG will be Philip Lowe, a British national, currently Director-General in DG Competition. Alexander Italianer, a Dutch national will become the new Director –General for DG Competition.
EU carbon permits fell from a seven week high in February on account of falling gas prices. Analysts say that the outlook for the carbon market is restrained due to investor concerns over economic developments in the eurozone.
The value of the EU emissions trading scheme (ETSi) will increase by 38% this year to €95 billion due largely to utilities buying allowances to cover their emissions from 2013, says market analyst Point Carbon. The volume of EU ETS allowances traded however is not expected to increase much. This is because the increase in trading from utilities will be cancelled out by the absence of “carousel” VAT fraud (see November 2009 Eurobrief), which falsely boosted volumes in 2009. Finance ministers approved an amendment to VAT rules in December.
A UK Parliamentary Committee has called for the power to intervene in the EU ETSi if the system fails to encourage investments in cleaner energy. The 16-member panel said that the UK should think about acting unilaterally to curb its supply of permits, and should into financial incentives to encourage companies within the EU ETS to voluntarily cancel allowances they own. The Commission opposes intervention, arguing that prices should reflect supply and demand.
The latest version of the draft European Commission Decision on CCS (Carbon Capture & Storage) Demonstration Projects was approved by the Climate Change Committee on 2nd of February 2010.
The European Cement research Academy (ECRA) based in Duesseldorf is currently conducting research on CCS in the cement industry. CEMBUREAU fully supports this project.
The European Commission has prepared draft rules for auctioning CO2 allowances under the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETSi) from 2013. The European Parliament and the Council will have up to three months to scrutinise the proposal. Adoption of the Regulation is therefore likely in June 2010. The Commission now intends to start the selection process for the auction platform, the clearing or settlement system and the auction monitor.
European Commission proposals to transfer carbon allowances recorded in national emission trading system registries to a single EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETSi) registry from 2012 have been approved in the Climate Change Committee. The Commission believes that the revision of the system of registries underpinning the EU ETS will make the system more standardised and secure.
After it was abandoned in 2007 in the IPPCi review context, the idea to introduce a market based instrument for NOx & SO2 emissions abatement is, like the LochNess monster, showing its head again. In spite of the clear opposition of many stakeholders, the European Commission has commissioned 2 studies with ENTEC, one dealing with the basic concept of NOx & SO2 trading for IPPC installations in the EU, the other with the economic impact.
In December 2009 CEMBUREAU was formally invited to have a seat on the ECRA Technical Advisory Board. ECRA is a success story in the cement industry and the strong cooperation between the two organisations has been very fruitful and has added strength and value to CEMBUREAU. The Association is thus confident that this will be further developed in the future
CEMBUREAU has launched its new, more user friendly, website. The website contains all CEMBUREAU positions as well as the Association’s opinion on a number of key topics. In addition, an online database of biodiversity case studies is available. Readers are invited to take a tour of this new site to learn more about the work of CEMBUREAU.
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The specific responsibilities and priorities of the new climate commissioner have been outlined by Commission President José Manuel Barroso. Climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard will focus on efforts to achieve the EU's CO2 target, and will coordinate the EU ETSi with other national cap-and-trade schemes. The new climate commissioner will also be involved in promoting low-carbon technologies.
CEMBUREAU has responded to a Commission public consultation on the EU 2020 Strategy. The consultation paper sets out a vision for how EU 2020 will help consolidate economic recovery and prevent crises in future. In its response, CEMBUREAU focused on investing in infrastructure, renewing Europe’s building stock, alternative fuels & raw materials, the substitution of clinker with alternative constituents and sustainable construction.
At the end of January, CEMBUREAU launched its new, more user friendly website. The website contains all CEMBUREAU positions as well as the Association’s opinion on a number of key topics. In addition, an online database of biodiversity case studies is available. Readers are invited to take a tour of this new site to learn more about the work of CEMBUREAU:
2010 is the international year of biodiversity. As such, and in relation to the work being conducted within the cement industry in terms of quarry rehabilitation and biodiversity conservation, CEMBUREAU will be teaming up with other extractive industry sectors to present the work which has so far been undertaken. More information will be made available shortly.
More information: see Commission Communication on Biodiversity article
The Commission has drawn up a preliminary draft law that would lay down technical details for rules established in Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 on animal by-products. The Commission has started work on such implementing measures in order to have them ready for the date of application of the parent Regulation on animal by-products, which is the 4 March 2011. The parent Regulation on animal by-products was published in the Official Journal on 14/11/09 and entered into force on 04/12/09.
Regulation 1069/2009 can be found here:
JRC-IPTS reports on end-of-waste criteria for iron steel scrap and aluminium scrap have been published. These documents were sent to the Committee for Adaptation to Scientific and Technical Progress (TAC) of the Waste Framework Directive for comments by 3 December, and were up for adoption during the meeting of the TAC on Waste of 7 December 2009. The documents will be used for the work of the WG2 Ad Hoc Group on End-of-waste.
The next meeting of the technical adaptation committee on end-of-waste criteria is scheduled for the first week of March 2010, after the December meeting was cancelled. It is unlikely, however, that the Commission will be in a position by March to vote on ferrous metal and aluminium scrap. This is planned to take place by the end of 2010, after which the European Parliament will have 3 months to react. A second stakeholder workshop on paper is also scheduled for March 2010.
General guidance on the co-processing of waste as alternative fuels and raw materials in cement production has been produced by the Secretariat of the Basel Convention. The guidelines are intended to describe “best practice” in relation to such co-processing. Stakeholders are invited to comment by the end of January. CEMBUREAU is asking its members whether they have any comments to make.
The guidance can be found here: