April 2009 - On 29 April the European Commission publicly confirmed that the European cement industry qualifies as a sector vulnerable to carbon leakage under the criteria laid down in the revised Emission Trading Directive. The list publicised by the Commission is based on a quantitative assessment carried out by DG ENTR which looked at 231 sectors - not only ETSi sectors - at NACE 4 level. In total, 231 sectors were assessed.
August 2009 - The summer recess in Brussels typically shows a contrast between a very busy month of July, when the European Commission clean their desks, and a sleepy August when most Eurocrats enjoy a well deserved rest.
September 2009 - On 10 September 2009 ECOFYS, the consultant appointed by the European Commission to study benchmarks for the purpose of allocating free allowances, recommended the adoption, in the cement industry, of the EU-wide clinker benchmark supported by CEMBUREAU. Looking at the possibility to benchmark clinker or cement, ECOFYS opted for the first solution mainly on the ground of workability.
March 2009 - For some three years, the cement industry has been working hard to build a sectoral approach to reduce its CO2 emissions worldwide. The CSIi (the Cement Sustainability Initiative) is the pioneer in that respect and its leadership is being followed by a broader constituency of regional cement associations including CEMBUREAU in Europe.
October 2009 - In Europe, a clinker benchmark is the appropriate and only workable solution when it comes to the cement industry (in relation to the benchmark for free allocation of CO2 allowances in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme [ETSi]). In early November, this was confirmed by the publication of the ECOFYS report entitled “Methodology for the free allocation of emissions allowances in the EU-ETS post 2012”.
Brussels 23/01/08 – CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Industry Association, welcomes the measures, now written in the proposed Emission Trading Directive, in respect of energy intensive industries (EII) which are open to international competition and where there is a risk of carbon leakage for the period post 2012.
Brussels 16/07/08 – CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association, supports, in principle, the objectives of the package on sustainable consumption and production launched today by the European Commission, in particular the aim to improve the overall environmental performance of products throughout their whole life-cycle. However, for construction this ambition appears to be limited as it addresses construction products individuall
Brussels 19/09/08 – CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association, participated yesterday in an interesting debate on sustainable housing entitled ‘Towards a European policy for sustainable housing’ held at the European Parliament. This key event raised many important issues which require urgent attention at European Union level. Of notable importance is the need to take into consideration the whole–life cycle of a structure, rather than the individual products.
Brussels 7 October 2008 – Today, The Boston Consulting Group has published a study highlighting the impact of the 2013-2020 EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETSi) proposal on the European cement industry. This study, requested by CEMBUREAU, concludes that „clinker1 and cement production in the EU will be seriously affected by carbon leakage‟. As a consequence, the relocation of clinker production to countries with no carbon constraints will accelerate from 2013 and will continue in the following years.
Brussels 23 June 2009 – Experts predict an increase in extreme weather events, such as flooding, sea-level rises and natural disasters as a result of climate change, necessitating the construction of secure new buildings and infrastructure. It is therefore essential that industry, policymakers and other stakeholders work together to help Europe adapt to climate change.
Brussels 23/09/09 – CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association, together with its National Associations and member companies, is pleased to announce the launch of its Cement Industry Open Week. From 23 September until 4 October, events are being held across Europe in order to highlight the invaluable role played by concrete in relation to sustainable construction.
Brussels 9 February 2009 – What has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to that of 10 million cars (approximately the number of cars on the road in Spain)? How can more than 5 million tonnes of non renewable fossil fuels be saved? The answer is an existing technology: the co-processing of alternative fuels in the European cement industry.