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29/01/2018
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)

23/01/2018
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.

23/01/2018
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

23/01/2018
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.

17/01/2018
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.

16/01/2018
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.

16/01/2018
EU Council report on EU industrial policy strategy
12/12/2017
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.

12/12/2017
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.

11/12/2017
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.

08/12/2017
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.

07/12/2017
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.

22/11/2017
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.

22/11/2017
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.

20/11/2017
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.

17/11/2017
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.

06/11/2017
Almost all EU buildings need energy upgrade

Less than 3% of buildings in Europe would qualify for a ‘A’ rating under the EU’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) system, the Buildings Performance Institute Europe, a think tank, has warned ahead of key negotiations over EU building rules.

06/11/2017
EU Commission report on nanosciences and nanotechnologies

An ecosystem to accelerate the uptake of innovation in materials technology

Report by the high level group of EU Member States and associated countries on nanosciences, nanotechnologies and advanced materials - Study

Source: EU Commission

06/11/2017
EU expects solid progress on Paris Agreement implementation at UN climate conference in Bonn

The EU expects this year's UN climate conference (COP23) to reaffirm once again the international community's commitment to stepping up the global response to climate change and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Following the entry into force of the historic agreement last year, elaborating its implementing guidelines is now a key focus.

31/10/2017
Rotterdam and Oslo compete to set up first CO2 highway

Norway and the port of Rotterdam are competing to create the first European chain that will allow CO2 capture from industrial sites to be transported to a storage site offshore.

The two projects featured prominently at a conference in Rotterdam last week, organised by the Global CCS Institute, whose chairman spoke hopefully of a "renaissance" and "renewed interest" in carbon capture and storage (CCS).

30/10/2017
Renewables cut Germany’s CO2 balance by 160Mt

Renewable energy in Germany made a substantial contribution to achieving climate protection targets through permanent avoidance of greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions, a report by UBA has found.

30/10/2017
How should the EU deal with packaging waste?

MEPs have been hard at work on the circular economy for years. A crucial component is packaging waste, an issue that has proven rather difficult to legislate on.

Josu Juaristi Abaunz, who is Parliament’s GUE/NGL group shadow rapporteur on packaging waste, believes there must be “a change in the socioeconomic model of consumption, so we end up consuming products with less or no packaging.” 

In order to bring about this change, he suggests “improving the eco-design of packaging and products, which would extend the life cycle of a product and its components.”

24/10/2017
Reindustrialisation is essential to relaunching EU economy

It’s time to recognise the importance of our industrial sector and bring production back to Europe, argues Patrizia Toia (S&D, IT), Vice- Chair of Parliament’s industry, research and energy committee.

The relaunch of the European economy and the future wellbeing of European citizens depends largely on our success in achieving a real reindustrialisation of Europe. Until recently, not many people in Brussels were aware of that. 

24/10/2017
Italy to end power sector coal use in 2025

Italy will hasten the phase-out of coal from the generation mix and end all production from coal-fired plants by 2025, economic development minister Carlo Calenda said today.


Public consultation on the new national energy strategy highlighted the need to accelerate the decarbonisation of Italian power system, Calenda said. The government will support a target of 2025 for the phase-out of coal-fired power. It will require grid operator Terna to report on all the necessary infrastructure needed to achieve the phase-out without threatening the power system's safety, Calenda said.

11/10/2017
Fire safety boosted by EU’s quest for efficient buildings

A revision of the EU’s buildings law is being used as an opportunity to bring fire safety into the heart of Brussels policymaking, as MEPs and NGOs alike hope to avoid a repeat of the disastrous Grenfell Tower fire in London.

03/10/2017
What to do with (industrial) CO2? Policies tailored to potentials

BRUSSELS – A new report co-authored by HeidelbergCement and Bellona Europa, on behalf of the Zero Emissions Platform, delves into the various options energy-intensive industries have to stay competitive in a low-carbon economy. The report highlights the options which are both realistic and offer substantial emissions reductions while noting the ones that have the potential to be the costly distractions that will derail Europe on the path to 2oC.

03/10/2017
Energy efficient public buildings get a boost in Europe

Upgrading Europe’s school, hospitals and other public buildings will now become easier following the Europe Commission’s change to energy performance contract (EPC) rules.

The Commission has also launched the pilot phase of a new EU framework for sustainable buildings, which it says will help to transform the building sector. Called “Level(s)”, this is the first tool of its kind to be developed for use across the whole of Europe.

Together, they should see a significant increase in energy-efficient refurbishments of public buildings across the European Union, and more sustainable buildings.