In its Green Deal published December 2019, the European Union sets out its ambition for Europe to be the first climate neutral continent by 2050.
The EU has also proposed a European Climate Law turning the political commitment into a legal obligation and a trigger for investment.
The EU will provide financial support and technical assistance to help people, businesses and regions that are most affected by the move towards the green economy. This is called the Just Transition Mechanism and will help mobilise at least €100 billion over the period 2021-2027 in the most affected regions.
In May 2020, CEMBUREAU responded to the EU's Green Deal with its Carbon Neutrality Roadmap, setting out the cement industry’s ambition to reach net zero emissions along the cement and concrete value chain by 2050.
The Roadmap looks at how CO2 emissions can be reduced by acting at each stage of the value chain – clinker, cement, concrete, construction and (re)carbonation – to achieve zero net emissions by 2050. It quantifies the role of each technology in providing CO2 emissions savings, making concrete political and technical recommendations to support this objective.
To get there, the sector will need decisive political action from the EU will be required in some key areas, including:
- The development of a pan-European CO2 transportation and storage network;
- Decisive action on circular economy to support the use of non-recyclable waste and biomass waste in cement production;
- Ambitious policies to reduce European building’s CO2 footprint, based on a life-cycle approach, that incentivise the market uptake of low-carbon cements;
- A level playing field on carbon, regulatory certainty and an ambitious industrial transformation agenda.
By 2030, CEMBUREAU aspires to be in line with the Paris Agreement’s two degrees scenario, reducing CO2 emissions by 30% for cement and 40% down the value chain.