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Cembureau members look to pilot test new EC building assessment framework

Three member-companies of Cembureau, the European Cement Association, have successfully completed a pilot test of the European Commission's new building assessment framework, Level(s).

European market shifts away from seaborne coke

European petroleum coke demand is in structural decline just as new coking capacity comes on line in the region, reducing the continent's role in the seaborne market as early as next year.

Creating a new vision

Raoul de Parisot, president of CEMBUREAU, talks to ICR about his expectations for the future of the European cement industry, including risks posed by the EU Emissions Trading System, and sets out the sector’s vision for achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

LafargeHolcim allocates CHF 160 million to reduce carbon footprint in Europe

LafargeHolcim allocates CHF 160 million to reduce carbon footprint in Europe LafargeHolcim is increasing its efforts to further improve the carbon-efficiency of its products and solutions. The objective is to reduce annual CO2 emissions in Europe by a further 15 percent like-for-like, representing 3 million tons, by 2022.

CEMBUREAU elects new president and vice-president

The European cement association, CEMBUREAU, has appointed its new president and vice-president at its general assembly in Helsinki, Finland, on 14 June 2019.

Raoul de Parisot, advisor to the chairman and CEO of Vicat, will take over as president from Gonçalo Salazar Leite, vice-president of SECIL. Isidoro Miranda Fernandez, CEO of LafargeHolcim Spain, is CEMBUREAU’s new vice-president.

CEMBUREAU 2018 Activity Report now available!

Read our 2018 Activity Report for the latest information on the work undertaken by CEMBUREAU. This report also contains all publicly available data of relevance to the cement industry.

The cement industry is responding to its environmental responsibilities

In the past two weeks, The Rockefeller Foundation published a series of articles and opinion pieces in The Guardian under an initiative called Concrete Week. The stated objective was to “celebrate the aesthetic and social achievements of concrete, while investigating its innumerable harms”, writes Koen Coppenholle.

World’s largest 3D printed bridge

What is reported to be the world’s largest 3D printed bridge at 26m long has opened in Shanghai, China.

EU allocates funds to 12 environmental projects

The European Union has announced funding of €116.1m (£105m) towards a dozen environmental and climate projects spread across 10 member states.

‘No alternative’ to digital construction, expert says

The digitisation of the EU’s construction industry is an oft-overlooked area of technological development, both politically and socially. spoke to Milena Feustel to shine a light on the sector and explore the direction the digital construction is going in across Europe.

European construction goes digital

The construction sector has been investing more in software, yet industrialisation growth has been slow, a report from financial services firm ING has claimed.

Neutrality Pact

Carbon Efficiency - The built environment – offices, houses and other buildings – can be the flagbearers of current efforts to turn Europe into a carbon-neutral economy



Cement industry innovations in view of climate protection

“Climate protection, digitalisation and the cement plant of the future: these are the key issues for the future of our industry, issues we are greatly committed to tackling”, VDZ President Christian Knell said at the opening ceremony of the 8th International VDZ Congress 2018 in Duesseldorf.

Leaders Q&A: Koen Coppenholle

In an exclusive interview to CemWeek Magazine, Koen Coppenholle, Chief Executive of CEMBUREAU, shares his insights on issues such as the role of CEMBUREAU, Europe’s economic challenges, and, in particular, the European cement industry’s worldwide leading position regarding alternative fuel usage.


CEMBUREAU Activity Report 2017 now available!

Read our Activity Report 2017 for the latest information on the work undertaken by CEMBUREAU. This report also contains all publicly available data of relevance to the cement industry.

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New Construction Products Europe Vice-president

Today, our General Assembly elected Mr Cédric de Meeûs, Vice-President Group Public  Affairs and Government Relations at LafargeHolcim, to  the  post  of  Vice-President.

Cement industry launches an industrial-scale carbon capture project

The cement industry has initiated ademonstration project to testa new breakthrough technology for the future of carbon capture. Based on extensive research undertaken by the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA), oxyfuel technology will now be implemented in two cement plants in Europe. (ecra Press release)

Brussels set to tighten water contamination limits

The European Commission plans to propose next week stricter limits on contaminants in drinking water to bring them in line with the latest World Health Organisation guidelines, an official from the EU executive told ENDS on Tuesday.

WBCSD press release on new circular economy initiative

30 leading companies with a combined revenue of $1.3 trillion join forces to implement the circular economy

Source: WBCSD

Small increase for European construction

An increase in the seasonally-adjusted figures for production in the construction sector was seen in November 2017 for both the Eurozone and the EU28, with small rises over the previous month, and larger ones over November 2016.

Cembureau highlights role of cement industry in EU plastic waste disposal

Following the European Commission's initiative to develop a dedicated plastics strategy in a circular economy, published on 16 January, the European cement association, Cembureau, has highlighted the part played by the cement industry in reducing plastic waste.

EU plastics strategy focuses on recycling drive

The European Commission has set out plans to increase the recyclability of packaging in a 'plastics strategy' that also called for increased recycling facilities and a standardised system for the collection and sorting of waste across Europe.

EU Council report on EU industrial policy strategy
Infrastructure finance explored

It is estimated that €970 million in investment will be required for trans-European networks in the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors for the 2014 to 2020 period – with €500 billion needed for transport.

The figures, originally from the European Commission, were presented by consultants Ernst & Young at the Concrete Dialogue in Brussels, Belgium – the latest conference staged by the Concrete Initiative.

EU External Investment Plan: climate-smart investments worth €9bn unveiled at 'One Planet Summit'

As part of the EU External Investment Plan (EIP), which is set to mobilise at least €44 billion of sustainable investment for Africa and the EU Neighbourhood countries by 2020,  Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete has today announced at the 'One Planet Summit' in Paris climate-relevant investments in three targeted areas - sustainable cities, sustainable energy and connectivity and sustainable agriculture, rural entrepreneurs and agribusiness. These targeted areas are expected to generate up to €9bn investments by 2020.

Building renovation can become ‘Europe’s biggest jobs programme’

The EU’s next long-term budget for 2021-2027 offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate the tangible benefits that EU policies and funding can deliver to citizens on the ground, argues Adrian Joyce.

Adrian Joyce is campaign director at Renovate Europe, a political communications campaign with the ambition to reduce the energy demand of the EU building stock by 80% by 2050.

A new era: The digitalisation of Europe’s energy system

The clean energy transition requires first and foremost bridging energy and digital economy. The single energy market and the digital single market must go hand-in-hand, argues Dominique Ristori.

Dominique Ristori is director general at the European Commission’s department for energy.

Towards a 2°C Strategy for the Construction Sector

Bernard Mathieu, LafargeHolcim - Challenging and interesting times lie ahead for all players in the construction sector. The global international commitment of the Paris Agreement to keep the global temperature increase below 2°C is a tall order. Under the Paris plan, each country put forward a proposal to curtail its greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2030.

Brexit impact on energy markets could be ‘limited’, study says

Brexit could have a limited effect on energy markets in both the United Kingdom and the European Union, according to a new study that is optimistic about the future of energy policy. But the Court of Auditors has warned that experimental energy research could suffer.

A new study published on Wednesday (22 November) by the University of Cambridge and the Centre on Regulation in Europe has assessed what impact the UK’s exit from the EU will have on energy policy on both sides of the Channel.

Publication of the Getting the Numbers Right 2015 data

The "Getting the Numbers Right" (GNR) is a voluntary, independently-managed database of CO2 and energy performance information on the global cement industry. Standard web-based reports are available to interested stakeholders.

Implementation of Paris climate deal edges forward

UN climate talks in Bonn ended on Saturday having made modest progress on technical issues but with major disagreement remaining on some fundamental issues related to the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Lower waste targets still not low enough for EU states

The European Commission's attempt to bring member states on board on waste reduction targets by lowering them has not worked in practice, documents seen by this website reveal.

Two years ago, the commission presented four legislative proposals as part of its so-called 'circular economy' strategy.