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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.

2015: The road ahead

Just before the Christmas recess, the newly appointed European Commission announced its work programme for 2015. The removal of certain proposals, most notably those relating to the circular economy package adopted just six months earlier, stirred up plenty of controversy in Brussels. Nevertheless, the Commission has good intentions as it hopes that this Work Programme will make ‘a real difference for jobs, growth and investment’. It is clear that this Work Programme will go some way towards shaping the work of CEMBUREAU in 2015.

Carbon costs pass-through in the European cement industry

In the context of the debate on the future of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), one of the issues on the table is the ability (or not) of a sector to pass on to their customers additional costs arising from to the purchasing of CO2 allowances.

Quarterly Economic Report – Q4 2015

Q4 2015 national account figures revealed that no EU countries experienced recession in 2015. The fastest growing economy in 2015 was Malta (4.9%) followed by Luxembourg (4.7%), while the lowest were Greece (zero growth) and Italy (0.6%).

Opening the door to enhanced EU-Turkey Bilateral trade

The recent agreement between the EU and Turkey has further opened the door to enhancing the existing Customs Union between the two parties. According to the European Commission, Turkey is an important trading partner for the EU.

EU-ETS phase IV from a cement industry perspective

With the European Parliament in full swing on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) dossier, stakeholders from across Brussels (and beyond) are actively seeking to get their voices heard in the debate over what the EU-ETS post-2020 should look like. The cement industry is no different, particularly given how great the impact could be on our sector if we do not get things right from the start. In this editorial we will focus on which elements of the proposal we feel will, on the one hand, reduce CO2 emissions whilst, at the same time, maintaining a competitive industry in Europe.

Responsible solutions to Europe's housing and infrastructure challenges?

European citizens, particularly those in major cities, are facing an ever growing number of urban challenges. The increase in intra-EU migration, with people moving from rural areas to urban environments, and from one Member State to another where the opportunities for employment are greater, is putting a great deal of pressure on both housing and infrastructure. Responsible, affordable, energy efficient, comfortable: society is evolving and construction must keep up the pace to ensure we are meeting people’s needs.

CEMBUREAU Position on COP21

Countries from all over the world are gathering in Paris from 30 November until 11 December to discuss a new binding international climate change agreement aiming at limiting global warming below 2° C. Adaptation to climate change will also be part of the agenda as costs for such adaptation are estimated at EUR 140 bn per year by 2030 and EUR 470 bn per year by 2050. CEMBUREAU, the European Cement association, is closely monitoring the COP 21 negotiations as climate policy is relevant both for the cement manufacturing process as for the use of the downstream product, concrete. With the actions it sets forth in its 2050 Low Carbon Roadmap, the cement industry is fully in line with the goal to keep temperature rise below 2° C.

Quarterly economic report – Q1 2015

Latest quarterly figures (Q1 2015) reveal some economic momentum across Member States as GDP growth gained speed in many EU Member States (MS). However, divergences in economic performances persisted and recovery from the cumulated GDP losses is still lagging behind in some of the MS that were most affected by the subdued economic cycle across the EU since Q4 2008.

EU-ETS Post-2020: first impressions

The long awaited, and much debated, post-2020 EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) proposal has now been published by the European Commission. Leaked drafts have been frantically circulating around the Brussels bubble over the past few weeks, but it was only on 15 July that we finally saw what the Commission is really thinking. In the build up to 15 July, stakeholders have been running left, right and centre to get their voice heard. But how does the proposal really measure up compared to our expectations? Has our voice really been heard?