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European cement industry welcomes well-designed European carbon border mechanism

31 March 2020, Published under Cement News

The European cement association, CEMBUREAU, has welcomed the prospect of an EU carbon border mechanism although this requires a number of design principles, said the association in a statement. In the initial phase the mechanism, which should be based on verified direct and indirect emissions from imports to the EU, should be complementary to the free allowances of the EU emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) and applicable to all ETS sectors alike. In addition, it must be fully WTO compatible...

Belarus redirects exports from Ukraine to EU

27 November 2019, Published under Cement News

Belarusian cement exporters plan to switch their export volumes from Ukraine to the EU market, according to the country’s Architecture and Construction Minister, Dmitry Mikulenok. "We stopped shipping cement to Ukraine in July because of anti-dumping duties. We have switched to other markets, mostly the European Union. We will keep working to replace traditional export markets and increase exports to theEuropean Union, not Russia," Mr Mikulenok said. While Belarus used to rely on the Ru...

New opportunities for Europe

07 October 2019, Published under Cement News

Dr Michael Clark looks at how the EU ETS is expected to change the face of European clinker manufacture. With the price of carbon credits rising, it could become more economically viable to import clinker and grind it upon arrival in Europe through the use of smaller grinding facilities. By Dr Michael Clark, UK. Cem’In’EU’s new facility in Tonneins, southwest France, is an example of the new wave of clinker-importing grinding units expected to arrive The summer of 2019 has se...

Poland: leading Europe’s growth

30 September 2019, Published under Cement News

Poland was one of the countries that did not experience an economic downturn during the global crisis of 2007 and central Europe’s largest economy has been on the rise ever since, supported by an expanding construction sector. As a result, the output of the Polish cement industry is at an historic high with cement sales of 18.9Mt in 2018. By Wojciech Roszczynialski and Grzegorz Wolski, Eurocement Consulting LLC, and Zbigniew Pilch, Polish Cement Producers’ Association, Poland. Heidelb...

EU and Switzerland link emissions trading systems

14 September 2017, Published under Cement News

The EU and Switzerland are joining their respective emissions trading systems following the adoption of the European Commission of two proposals to finalise an agreement between the two parties. The Swiss Federal Council has approved a deal to link the carbon markets of the country with the European Union, according to the European cement association, Cembureau. The move sees participants in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) permitted to use the allowances from the Swiss system for c...

EU reaches agreement on stricter air pollution limits

20 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The European Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on a directive to reduce emissions of air pollutants on 30 June 2016. The new National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NECD) sets stricter national limits on the emissions of several hazardous pollutants, including SO2, NO x and fine particulates and aims to cut the number of premature deaths from air pollution by around half across member states. The time horizon is from 2020 to 2029 and from 2030 onwards. ...

Positive signs of recovery

19 September 2016, Published under Cement News

CEMBUREAU released figures this summer on the production performance of its members in the European cement sector in 2015. They reveal a modest positive annual growth rate of 0.9 per cent to 248Mt, when compared to the year before. The growth experienced by Europe's cement indsutry in 2015 reflects positive signs of recovery The annual growth registered by the European cement sector in 2015 reflects positive signs of recovery. Even with significant differences across EU member s...

EU member states could save EUR9bn by co-processing more waste

08 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Just over half of the waste generated in the EU is recycled, 13 per cent is used for energy recovery, but 35 per cent is still disposed of, mostly in landfills claims a report by Ecofys. Ecofys has clarified the role cement plants across the EU can play and how they can be part of European and national waste management policies. The cement industry co-processes millions of tonnes of waste as alternative fuel and alternative raw materials. Analysis of the report suggests that EU member st...

CEMBUREAU welcomes EC progress towards circular economy

12 February 2016, Published under Cement News

On 2 December 2015, the European Commission adopted its ambitious Circular Economy Package, which is expected to help Europe to become more resource efficient. The package has been welcomed by Europe’s cement producers’ association, CEMBUREAU, which sees the step as essential in recycling and reusing waste from various sectors as inputs or fuels in other industrial processes such as the manufacture of cement. At present the cement industry uses alternative fuels for 38.8 per cent of its f...

CEMBUREAU: recovery continues in 3Q15

18 December 2015, Published under Cement News

The third quarter of 2015 saw no GDP recession anywhere across the EU, according to the European cement association, CEMBUREAU, which published its Quarterly Economic Report for the 3Q15. Moreover, recovery is accelerating in Spain and at moderate levels elsewhere. "However, the macroeconomic picture remains uneven as recovery appears to be uncertain and conditional to many potentially hindering factors, primarily subdued domestic demand in the EU and slowdown in external demand (ie expor...