On 15 September 2011, the General Court rejected the action initiated by the European Steel Association (EUROFER) and five steel companies to suspend the European Commission Decision on the rules for the free allocation of emission allowances for industries covered by the EU Emissions Trading Directive (ETDi) while the Court decides on the legality of the Commission decision. This clears the way for the EU to allocate permits to Europe’s energy-intensive industry in the third phase of its cap-and-trade scheme, starting in 2013.
IEA Industry Review Meeting for the Energy Technology Perspective 2012. CEMBUREAU will attend this meeting.
The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSIi) has launched an online stakeholder survey with the aim of assisting the CSI in shaping its future work program. This survey forms part of a series of engagement actions launched earlier this year to find out whether their stakeholders “validate” the issues CSI addresses as well as to identify issues which it could address more extensively.
On 12 and 13 September 2011, CEMBUREAU attended a workshop under the auspices of the Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP). GSEP is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC). The aim of GSEP is to reduce global energy use in industrial facilities and commercial buildings in order to improve energy security and to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by:
CEMBUREAU has responded to the European Commission’s online stakeholder’s consultation with the aim of preparing a Communication on the Sustainable Competitiveness of the construction sector and its enterprises.
On 8 September 2011, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) launched a written technical consultation of the data collected in the interim report of the study on the suitability of different waste-derived fuels for end-of-waste status. The main aim of this consultation is to contrast the accuracy of the collected data and the analysis. Stakeholders have until 28 October 2011 to respond to the consultation. CEMBUREAU plans to respond.
On 10 September 2011 the European Commission issued a call for tender with the aim of identifying opportunities for business to improve resource efficiency. The aim of the tender is to identify potential savings European businesses could achieve from increased resource efficiency in terms of waste, water and materials. The deadline for the submission of tenders is 24 October 2011.
On 29 September 2011 the Competitiveness Council adopted conclusions in relation to industrial competitiveness in the light of resource efficiency. In its conclusions, the Council highlighted the important steps already undertaken by industry ‘towards decoupling economic growth and environmental impacts, reducing emissions and improving efficiency of energy, materials and natural resources’. Nevertheless, it noted that one of the most important challenges for EU policies is to ensure that they do not lead to a reduction of the industrial base in the EU.
On 13 September 2011, the European Parliament, in Plenary, voted on MEP Reinhard Bütikofer’s (Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Germany) own initiative report for an Effective Raw Materials Strategy for Europe. This follows the adoption of the draft report by the Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) on 30 June 2011.
On 20 September 2011, the European Commission published its ‘Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe’. The Roadmap contains a series medium- (2020) and long-term (2050) resource efficiency objectives as well as the means needed for achieving them, including targets by 2013 and milestones for 2020. The document highlights the fact that key resources, including land and ecosystems are regularly used as free commodities, resulting in unsustainable levels of consumption and thus proposes a number of actions to be carried out by the Commission. These include: