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Introducing the carbon border

14 April 2020, Published under Cement News

As governments have put in place and tightened measures to reduce the emission of carbon and other greenhouse gases, the cement industry has expressed concerns over carbon leakage. To prevent this phenomenon from eroding cement industry competitiveness in the affected areas, a case to introduce border carbon adjustments is being made by several countries. By Stephen J Orava and Clinton R Long, King & Spalding LLP, USA. Border carbon adjustments have emerged as a possible solution to t...

European Parliament to vote on removing cement sector ETS exemption

08 February 2017, Published under Cement News

On February 15 the European Parliament will vote on a report from its environment committee on the reform of the EU's emissions trading scheme (ETS). Among the recommendations in the report is the suggestion that the practice of allocating permits to the cement sector covering all of its emission be stopped. According to reports in the Parliament Magazine, MEPs have been subjected to ‘intense’ lobbying from the cement industry. "The lobbying has been intense with representatives from t...

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...

World Bank/Ecofys affirms sensitivity of cement sector to carbon leakage

07 October 2015, Published under Cement News

While other factors such as raw materials, energy, labour and knowledge also have to be considered in terms of carbon leakage, the impact of carbon pricing on a cost-competitive industry such as the cement industry cannot be ignored, according to “State and Trend of Carbon Pricing 2015”, a report published by the World Bank and Ecofys. “However, for sectors producing relatively homogenous products — such as commodities, steel, cement, and electricity — cost competition is crucial. … Often, p...

Cembureau calls for predictable EU-ETS legal framework

14 April 2015, Published under Cement News

In a response to a public consultation on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) Directive, European cement association Cembureau advocates an improved EU-ETS after 2020 that “creates a predictable legal framework and ensures a stable long-term globally-equalised carbon price to foster investments in low-carbon technologies and eliminates carbon leakage risk.” The association argues that there should be free allocation of carbon credits for cement producers in the absence o...

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 ...

EU Climate Change Committee includes cement on carbon leakage list

08 September 2014, Published under Cement News

The cement sector has been included on the EU Climate Change Committee's approved list of sectors deemed to be at risk of carbon leakage, a move welcomed by European cement association, Cembureau. "The measure will provide stability and legal certainty at least for the 2014-2019 period for the cement industry," said Cembureau in a statement. The list will be used in the free allocation of allowances for the 2015-19 period and will thus provide regulatory predictability for the remainder o...

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, ...

Cembureau: cement sector should maintain carbon leakage status

06 November 2013, Published under Cement News

Cembureau, the European Cement Association, has called for the European cement sector to maintain its carbon leakage status. In a statement released today, Cembureau responded to the Carbon Leakage Evidence Project report, recently published by  Dutch consultancy Ecorys, which found 'no evidence for any carbon leakage' in the past two periods of the European Trading System. In relation to the European cement industry, the report – specially commissioned by the European Commission, DG Cli...

European Commission publishes NIM decision

03 October 2013, Published under Cement News

The European Commission published its decision relating to the National Implementation Measures (NIM) under the EU Emission Trading Directive (EU-ETD) on 5 September. It highlights that a stringent cross-sectoral reduction factor has been applied to the free allocations to be allocated to industry recognised as vulnerable to carbon leakage. Responding to the decision, the European cement association Cembureau said it “deplores the lack of transparency in the Decision regarding the numbers...