On 24 September, the European Parliament’s Environmental Committee gave its support to the European Commission’s proposal of carbon leakage list 2015-2019. In its proposal, published in May 2014, the Commission plans to give carbon allowances to heavy industries for free (amongst others, cement), in order to maintain industrial competitiveness.The Parliament’s own initiative report aimed at charging companies for CO2 emissions, and claimed that some sectors that are not at all exposed to the risk of carbon leakage are also included in the list of sectors who receives free allowances. The Committee however rejected its proposal and supported the original proposal of the European Commission.
CCS Directive interim report highlights challenges (CEMBUREAU website)
BIBM answered the Public Consultation on “EU Urban Policy”.
The European Concrete Platform submitted an answer to the European Commission’s survey “Which materials for sustainable construction.
CEMBUREAU’s Quarterly Economic Report was published in September.
CEMBUREAU published an Open Letter to the newly elected European Parliament and share its views on four top priorities: competitiveness, carbon leakage, energy and the circular economy.
The International Energy Agency released a new study on “Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency”. The study states that the European Union doesn’t do enough to secure energy supply and underestimates the value of energy efficiency. The study also claims that energy efficiency only relates to energy saving among consumers. However, energy efficiency also leads to macro-economic growth, long-term climate protection and greater energy security.
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EU’s industrial competitiveness report published
The European Commission published two reports on industrial competitiveness on 11 September 2014. The reports concludes that he manufacturing industries have huge potential for economic growth and industrial competitiveness, however, in order to being able to leverage this potential, the EU and Member States must address urgently issues such as investment, access to finance, public administration, access to foreign markets, innovation and energy prices.
EU opens public consultation on Small Business Act
The European Commission opened a public consultation on “Small Business Act (SBA)”. The Commission aims at indentifying what small and medium sized enterprises need from future EU policy to ensure that the updated SBA will fit for future challenges. BIBM is preparing answer to the consultation which runs for 12 weeks, closing on 15 December 2014.
European Commission – Public Consultation SBA
News in brief
6-7 October 2014
ECP Task Force Fire and Eurocodes
8 October 2014
ECP Task Force Sustainable Concrete
10 October 2014
17 October 2014
CPE – TG Implementation of the CPR
POSTPONED! (date to be confirmed)
22 October 2014
H&S Committee and webinar
22 October 2014
CPE – TG Dangerous Substances
27 October 2014
The Concrete Initiative – Thematic Lunch on recycling concrete
29 October 2014
18 November 2014
CPE – CPR WG meeting
21 November 2014
CPE – Sustainable WG meeting
26 November 2014 (tbc)
The Concrete Initiative – Launch in the Parliament
2 December 2014
BIBM General Assembly
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List of Acronyms
CPE- Construction Product Europe
CPR- Construction Products Regulation
ECP- European Concrete Platform