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EU agrees revised ETS for 2021-30

14 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Coinciding with the UN Climate Summit COP23 in Bonn later this month, EU negotiators have agreed a revised Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for the 2021-30 trading period. Following a two-year intensive negotiation process, the agreement builds on the Commission’s approval and includes the following main improvements agreed by Parliament and Council. Significant changes to the system will be made to speed up emissions reductions and strengthen the Market Stability Reserve to accelerate t...

Polish cement demand to rise 2.5% in 2017

02 May 2017, Published under Cement News

Cement production in Poland increased by two per cent in 2016, according to the Polish Association of Cement Producers. In 2017 cement demand is expected to grow by 2.5 per cent to 16.1Mt thanks to healthy housing and transport infrastructure construction markets, the association said. However, its future also depends on the EU’s CO2 emissions policies, the association added. With 14 plants, owned by the subsidiaries of eight international cement producers, Poland’s cement sector points ou...

Cembureau calls for maintaining free EU ETS allowances for best performers

02 February 2017, Published under Cement News

The European cement industry has made it clear to MEPs in the European Parliament that the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) must maintain free allowances at the level of best performers to achieve real emission reductions, while maintaining a competitive industry in Europe. Cembureau commented that the proposal should ensure that:     •    All energy-intensive industries are on the carbon leakage list and all installations receive a free allocation based on ambitious but realistic b...

New EU carbon allowance mechanism proposed

15 December 2016, Published under Cement News

MEPs have proposed that a system should be established for the cement and clinker sectors, among others, whereby importers will be required to surrender allowances to cover for the carbon content of imported goods. The Border Adjustment Measurement (BAM) scheme should be fully compatible with WTO rules and "focus on sectors with a low trade intensity and high emissions intensity such as cement," MEPs said. "Once this mechanism is in place, no free allocation shall be given to sect...

Cembureau respond to BAM aimed at cement sector

14 December 2016, Published under Cement News

CEMBUREAU states that "the cement sector is deeply worried about the amendments to be submitted for vote tomorrow (15 December) in the European Parliament's Environment Committee, which foresee in an introduction of a Border Adjustment Measure (BAMii) with the loss of free allowances for the cement sector in Phase IV of EU ETSii, starting in 2020.

" While the final amendment no longer explicitly refers to the cement sector, it singles out sectors not having trade intensity above 10 per cen...

EU urged to end carbon credits system

30 November 2016, Published under Cement News

Carbon Market Watch is urging EU lawmakers to abolish the carbon emissions trading scheme (ETS) after it was revealed that cement producers took EUR5bn windfall from scheme between 2008 and 2015. The watchdog used analysis by consultancy CE Delft and delved into the leading cement producers annual reports to find out the financial benefit of the ETS to cement producers. Companies like Lafarge, HeidelbergCement and Cemex profited from selling carbon allowances they received for fr...

New Sandbag report claims ETS is not working

21 March 2016, Published under Cement News

Sandbag, a UK-based think tank, has released a report about the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and argues that the ETS has actually led to an extra 15Mt of CO 2 being released and that if the scheme had never existed emissions would be lower. The report claims that it is “perverse” companies in the cement sector have collectively received more than GBP1bn worth of spare EU allowances (EUAs) for free between 2008-14. While, emissions are down overall, this is said to be due to reduce...

Carbon trading – state of play

09 March 2015, Published under Cement News

Low prices and generous free allowances have meant that the cement and lime industry has been relatively unfazed by the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). Is this about to change? By Philipp Ruf, ICIS Tschach Solutions, UK. Figure 1: post-2013 carbon price development in terms of EUA price Go around the table at the board meeting of many cement and lime producers, and ask about their strategy for dealing with the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). You’ll likely...

EU ETS: cement sector included on EU carbon leakage risk list

10 November 2014, Published under Cement News

On 27 October, the European Commission adopted the list of sectors expected to be at risk of carbon leakage, which will be applicable for the period 2015-19. The list includes the cement industry, a fact welcomed by Cembureau, the European cement producers’ association. “The risk of carbon leakage has increased since 2009 as a direct result of the reduction in the competitiveness of the European cement industry because of the deep economic crisis and rising energy and electricity costs. The ...

Report: EU-ETS carbon leakage difficult to determine

08 July 2014, Published under Cement News

A recent study by Vivid Economic and Ecofys entitled ‘Carbon leakage prospects under Phase III of the EU ETS and beyond’ has considered whether the EU ETS leads to carbon leakage and found that it is difficult to determine whether carbon leakage has occurred as a result of the emissions trading scheme. The report, with a focus on the UK in particular, also examines which sectors are affected and the factors that determine the rate of leakage. “Nevertheless, in terms of cement production, ...