On 1 December 2012, the CLPi Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008), which contains the new system for classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, will undergo a modification which will make it possible to split the classification sensitiser category 1 (currently used classification for Portland cement clinker and common cements) into:
However, in the event that there is no data available, it will be possible to maintain “category 1”.
According to the European Commission, the network of Natura 2000 sites (EU network of protected areas) has been expanded with the addition of 166 sites covering a total of 18 800 square kilometres. As highlighted by Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment said: "Natura 2000 is at the moment one of the most effective tools we have in Europe to combat biodiversity loss, and it plays a key role in our strategy to protect our natural heritage.”
This Directive is a codification of Council Directive 85/337/EEC of 27 June 1985, and thus whilst it supersedes the various acts incorporated in it (Directive 97/11/EC of 3 March 1997, Directive 2003/35/EC of 26 May 2003 and Directive 2009/31/EC of 23 April 2009), it fully preserves their content. The Directive requires Member States to assess the environmental effects of certain public and private project before granting consent to the developer. Quarries and open-cast mining as well as installations for the manufacture of cement are in the project list (according to Directive 97/11/EC).
Based on the note sent by the European Commission to the Member States, CEMBUREAU has concluded that Emission Limit Values (ELVs) and derogations will not be derived from Best Available Technique (BATi) conclusions from the Cement BAT Reference Document (BREFi) until it has been revised under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) (see Eurobrief October 2011).
The European Commission launched in November 2011 a public consultation on its second draft of the methodology for the calculation of the environmental footprint of products and the environmental footprint of companies. The methodology is a multi-criteria measure of the environmental performance of a good or service throughout its life cycle, and aims to reduce the environmental impact of goods and services. The deadline for comments was 28 November 2011, and the methodology was discussed with a limited number of stakeholders during a workshop held on 29-30 November.
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEPi) is preparing a global legally binding instrument on mercury via:
The vote in the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) on Peter Liese’s (Group of the European People's Party [Christian Democrats], Germany) draft opinion on the proposal for a Directive on energy efficiency (EED) has been postponed until 20 December 2011. As highlighted in the October edition of the Eurobrief, the cement industry is affected by the proposal in two major respects:
On 16 November 2011 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the climate change conference in Durban (COP17). In its resolution, the Parliament stresses that it is in the EU’s own interest to aim for a climate protection target of over 20%, regardless of the outcome of the international negotiations, and that “the EU’s effort to transform its economy must not falter”. The Parliament also believes that the EU must convince other countries, including China and the US, that “emission reductions are feasible without losing competitiveness and jobs”.
On 14 November 2011, the European Commission published an online Q&A regarding the use of international credits in the 3rd phase of the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme. In the event of any further questions, stakeholders have been invited to submit them to email@example.com
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According to Swiss bank UBS, the price of carbon could tumble to as low €3 per tonne in the EU next year. This is believed to be the result of the ongoing debt crisis and the oversupply of permits. UBS also indicated that the Emissions Trading Scheme "isn't working" as carbon prices are "already too low to have any significant environmental impact." EU Allowances plunged to €9.23 on 18 November 2011, the lowest price since February 2009, going on to fall to €7.86 on 24 November.