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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.

Open letter to the newly elected European Parliament

Competitiveness, carbon leakage, energy and the circular economy. Four priorities for the four months to the end of 2014. As the newly elected Members of the European Parliament, your voice will be instrumental in taking forward proposals in these areas. Therefore, we take this opportunity of providing you with our view on these priorities.

Cement, concrete & the circular economy

All eyes are currently on the circular economy package launched by the European Commission ahead of the summer recess. The package draws together a wide variety of proposals, from waste recycling and energy recovery to resource-efficient buildings.

Quarterly economic report – Q3 2014

The economic slowdown continued in Q3 2014 across the EU. Some improvements in economic performance across EU economies were noted, but these performances continued to diverge amongst Member States.

ENVI Policy Study on Environment and Climate Change

In view of the hearing of the Commissioner-Designates before the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI), the Policy Department of the European Parliament provided the ENVI committee with a study on Environment and Climate Change Policies. The aim of the study was to look at the on-going environmental and climate change policy developments and to identify areas for improvement.

IETA publishes 11th Edition of Greenhouse Gas Market Report

On 20 November 2014, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) published the 11th Edition of the “Greenhouse Gas Market Report”. This report looks at the main issues affecting carbon policy worldwide and investigates how an international agreement can support carbon pricing systems.

Conference on GHG accounting standards in energy intensive industries

On 24 November, CEMBUREAU supported and participated in the conference on greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting standards in energy intensive industries organised by the European Commission and the Association of German Engineers (VDI). The aim of the conference was to bring together experts from industry, authorities and academia to analyse the effects of CEN standardisation work on GHG emissions in energy-intensive industries.

UNECE recommendations to the UNFCC on CCS in Post-Kyoto

On 25 November 2014, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) member States adopted recommendations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on how Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) can contribute to climate change mitigation outcomes under Post-Kyoto Protocol Agreement.

Carbon Capture in the Cement Industry: ECRA holds first Chair event at the University of Mons

On 26 November 2014, the first ECRA Chair scientific event was held at UMONS with more than 100 participants from around twenty different countries.

Commission calls on Bulgaria and Hungary to transpose the Energy Efficiency Directive in full

On 26 November 2014, the European Commission formally requested Bulgaria and Hungary to fully transpose the Energy Efficiency Directive (Directive 2012/27/EU) and to inform the Commission on their transposition measures to drive energy efficiency improvements.