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Juncker plan extension backed

The MEPs who backed the extension to the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI 2.0), which is also known as the Juncker Plan, stressed that the EU investment plan should focus on riskier future-oriented investments, which would not otherwise happen, preferably in economically weaker EU regions, and in a transparent way.

EU set for circular economy talks after Council reaches agreement

The first Circular Economy Package trilogue negotiation between the European Council, Parliament and Commission will take place next week (30 May), after the Council agreed a negotiating mandate on Friday.

EU-ETS needs to ensure sufficient flexibility for free allocation share

With many stakeholders  calling for a proper impact assessment ahead of the EU-ETS trilogue, Ecofys, a Navigant company, has published a study, commissioned by CEMBUREAU, which compares and analyses the supply and demand balance in terms of the free allowances available and this for the European Commission, European Parliament and Council proposals. The authors have also assessed the likelihood of the Cross Sectoral Correction Factor (CSCF), the European cement association said in a statement yesterday.

LafargeHolcim poaches Sika boss Jenisch for CEO

LafargeHolcim has poached the boss of chemicals group Sika to become its new chief executive as the Swiss-French cement group recovers from the controversy over its past activities in Syria.

HeidelbergCement launches fourth edition of Quarry Life Award

HeidelbergCement has launched the fourth edition of competition to boost biodiversity in quarries. The 'Quarry Life Award' targets innovative approaches to study and boost biodiversity at quarry sites and aims to raise awareness about mining ecology. New in this fourth edition is the separate assessment of scientific and community project ideas.

EU countries expected to ratify Minamata Convention on Mercury

At least eight EU countries are expected to ratify the UN’s Minamata Convention on Mercury this month – ultimately triggering the global agreement to restrict uses of the substance.

Why Are New Office Buildings Using Concrete More Than Ever?

Though steel has become somewhat synonymous with the modern, high-rise office building, concrete is making a comeback in a big way.

Commission adopts new Action Plan to protect biodiversity and reap economic benefits of nature protection

The Plan consists of 15 actions to be carried out by 2019 to rapidly improve the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives, which are the EU's flagship nature policies.

Polish cement output to rise 2.5% in 2017

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.

MEP strengthens long-term renovations in buildings law

The requirements for national long-term renovation strategies should be strengthened in the revised EU buildings law, MEP Bendt Bendtsen has proposed 

Emissions trading and the sound of silence

MEP Ian Duncan was looking forward to a well-earned rest after earning the European Parliament’s endorsement of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme reform. The European Council looked like it would take its time to agree with it but just two weeks after, as if by magic, it was game on!

Christian Knell elected as new President of VDZ

Christian Knell, General Manager of HeidelbergCement in Germany, was elected as the new President of VDZ in Ulm today. He succeeds long-standing President Gerhard Hirth, who has been at the helm of VDZ for 12 years.

Un fiordo de hormigón, protagonista del nuevo museo Munch en Oslo

Una mole de hormigón de 60 metros de altura emerge a orillas del fiordo de la capital del país escandinavo y, junto a la Ópera —estructura insignia de la nueva zona moderna de la ciudad—, pretende hacerse con las miradas de locales y foráne

Cement: Spanish demand jumps 22% YoY in March

Cement consumption in Spain soared 21.5 per cent YoY in March to 1.1Mt as the housing sector showed some recovery, according to Oficemen, the country’s cement association.

The Netherlands: first Concrete Sustainability Council certificates awarded

The first certificates for Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) responsible sourcing were awarded during Building Holland, one of the major trade fairs for building, renovation and redevelopment in The Netherlands.

UK construction sector upbeat despite Brexit

The UK construction sector remains sanguine about the risks posed by Brexit. According to the latest Market/CIPS UK Construction Purchase Maangers’ Index (PMI), optimism regarding year-ahead business picked up to its second highest level since December 2015 on reduced Brexit-related anxiety and a resilient economy backdrop.

Updated cement standards guide

Cembureau (the European Cement Association) has published an updated version of its Cement Standards of the World publication, with a complete overview of all standards for cement across 84 countries.

EU's winter package is ready for take-off

Thanks to the winter package, the energy union is nearly complete, and it's now time for member states and local governments to play their part, says Maroš Šefcovic.

3rd EU Energy Summit, Brussels

An opportunity to discuss the very recent EU initiatives and their impact on the energy market, and to debate how the EU could encourage and support the efforts required from the European economic and social actors to face major challenge

High-tech evolution in construction, Brussels

The construction industry is made up of 3 million companies of which 95% are SMEs and 5% are world-leading multinationals headquartered in Europe. Join the conference to discover new technologies and to discuss the changes it will bring to the industry and to the built environment.

Report shows European cities take initiative to tackle climate change

A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report ‘Financing urban adaptation to climate change’, released on 27 February, highlights the opportunities open to municipalities to share best practices and how they can support projects like green roofs or expanding city parks to help fight the effects of climate change.

Innovation in City Programmes shows the potential of energy efficiency

The report provides valuable information and insights into various approaches for governing energy and sustainability challenges in the existing building stock. The authors aim to build knowledge on success factors that can be designed into programmes as well as innovative measures for tackling various challenges.

Council, MEPs far apart on waste law – leak

A draft position on the EU's waste legislation has indicated a large divide between the EU member states and MEPs on how far the law’s mandatory requirements should go.

Winter package: EU doesn't need 'one-size-fits-all' energy approach

I welcome the EU's goal to reconcile energy and climate targets in a package that will put energy efficiency first, develop more sustainable energy sources, and change the energy market design where necessary to deliver energy transition at the lowest societal cost.

MEP seeks to push CCS back onto European agenda

Europe needs huge investment in carbon capture and storage to meet its international climate commitments, MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij said in Brussels on Thursday