Position Papers

09/07/2020
EU renovation wave - CEMBUREAU position
In its Green Deal, the European Commission has introduced a renovation wave of public and private buildings. It aims to create the necessary conditions to modernise the buildings sector in light of technological improvements, scale up renovations, and reap the significant saving potential of the building sector.
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24/06/2020
CEMBUREAU’s response to the public consultation for the EU climate ambition for 2030
CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association, is determined to contribute strongly to the EU’s vision for a carbon neutral society by 2050 and supports the objectives of the European Green Deal.
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08/06/2020
CEMBUREAU feedback to EC roadmap “A renovation wave initiative for public and private buildings”
CEMBUREAU has published its own carbon neutrality roadmap, which looks at achieving net zero emissions down the cement and concrete value chain. Amongst other issues, the roadmap looks at how carbon emissions savings can be made through a better use of concrete, and highlights the decisive role it can play as a sustainable construction material.
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03/06/2020
Joint Statement - Demand Response in industry: when industrial flexibility supports competitiveness and climate neutrality
Energy-intensive industries and industrial Demand Response (DR) companies welcome the initiative by the European Commission to shape an Energy System Integration Strategy to support the objectives of the European Green Deal.
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08/05/2020
Building a successful recovery after COVID 19
Joint declaration by CEOs of the European cement industry - Europe has been hit by an unprecedented health crisis that has deeply affected the personal lives of citizens. European and national governments had to make difficult calls in balancing public health considerations with the need to keep the economy running and people employed. Now, the time has come for all of us to think of our recovery plan. Urgent action at European and national level is needed and the recovery should focus on strategic ecosystems.
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20/04/2020
CEMBUREAU’s feedback to EC Inception impact assessment EU Taxonomy Climate Mitigation and Adaptation delegated act
CEMBUREAU firmly supports the objectives of the European Green Deal and is determined to contribute strongly to the EU’s vision for a carbon neutral society by 2050. CEMBUREAU is currently revising its low-carbon roadmap setting out the key role of cement and concrete in the circular economy and a path to achieving carbon neutrality along its value chain in Europe by 2050
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15/04/2020
CEMBUREAU’s feedback to the 2030 Climate Target Plan
CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association, is determined to contribute strongly to the EU’s vision for a carbon neutral society by 2050 and supports the objectives of the European Green Deal.
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07/04/2020
CEMBUREAU’s feedback to the Waste Shipment EU rules revision
The European cement industry is a large user of waste and by-products utilizing approximately 35 million tonnes per year. In the EU, the sector substitutes on average 46% of its fossil fuel consumption with secondary raw materials such as non-recyclable waste or biomass waste. Our industry has high ambitions to increase this number in the coming years, and several cement plants across Europe already run on 90-100% alternative fuel share. In addition to providing sound solutions for the waste streams and strengthening the circular economy, this use of alternative fuels is also key for the cement industry to reduce its CO2 emissions and support our vision for a carbon neutral Europe for 2050.
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31/03/2020
Carbon Border Mechanisms
ENABLING THE INDUSTRY TO DELIVER CARBON NEUTRALITY INVESTMENTS - CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association, welcomes the idea of a carbon border mechanism as a key opportunity to enable the industry to help deliver the EU’s carbon neutrality objectives, and drive deeper CO2 emissions’ cut in the EU and beyond.
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29/01/2020
CEMBUREAU’s response to the roadmap on the “European Climate Law – achieving Climate Neutrality by 2050”
CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association, is determined to contribute strongly to the EU’s vision for a carbon neutral society by 2050 and supports the objectives of the European Green Deal. The European cement industry is currently reviewing its 2050 low-carbon roadmap, with the intention to strive for carbon neutrality along the cement and concrete value chain by 2050
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21/01/2020
CEMBUREAU’s feedback to New Circular Economy Action Plan Roadmap
CEMBUREAU welcomes the New Circular Economy Action Plan and the ambitious vision of the European Green Deal. The cement sector in Europe substitutes today an average 46% of its fossil fuel needs for cement manufacturing with alternative sources (e.g. non-recyclable waste or biomass) and has ambitions to reduce the use of fossil fuel further.
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28/11/2019
Joint Paper - A long-term strategy for Europe’s industrial future: from words to action
The Industry4Europe coalition has today issued its new Joint Paper ‘A long-term strategy for Europe’s industrial future: from words to action’. Through cross-sectoral recommendations, the Industry4Europe coalition contributes to the future EU industrial strategy announced by European Commission President-Elect Ursula von der Leyen.
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28/11/2019
Masterplan for a competitive transformation of EU energy-intensive industries - Enabling a climate-neutral, circular economy by 2050
Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs) want to contribute in a constructive manner to the development of policies enabling the transition to a climate-neutral economy by 2050. We therefore call for a dialogue with the incoming European Commission, Member States and Parliament on the integration in the European Green Deal and the forthcoming industrial strategy of the recommendations of the Master Plan for a competitive transformation of EU EIIs.
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13/06/2019
“Construction 2050 - Building tomorrow’s Europe today”: Construction stakeholders call for a new policy framework
Brussels, 13 June 2019 - Construction stakeholders believe that the Construction 2020 initiative should be reinforced in order to fully achieve its ambitions, aimed at supporting the construction sector’s adaptation to key emerging challenges and to promote the sustainable competitiveness of the sector. To this end, major European construction representatives have united, to stress their commitment to the extension of the existing programme in the form of the “Construction 2050: Building tomorrow’s Europe today” initiative.
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03/06/2019
NEEIP Position Paper calling for “A long-term and ambitious EU Raw Materials Strategy”
NEEIP, CEMBUREAU, Cerame-Unie, CPE, Eurogypsum, Euromines, EUROROC, EUsalt, EXCA, IMA-Europe and UEPG – are calling for a long-term and ambitious EU Raw Materials Strategy as laid down in the Industry4Europe Joint Reaction Paper.
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2019 MANIFESTO: Let's Continue Building a Carbon-Neutral Europe
The cement industry is constantly innovating to help the EU achieve its emissions reduction targets and is willing and able to provide policy-makers with advice on how to develop and build a sustainable European society.
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08/03/2019
Let’s put industry at the core of the EU’s future! A joint call to the Heads of State and Government
INDUSTRY MATTERS FOR EUROPE AND ITS CITIZENS - European industry is everywhere in our daily life: from the houses we build, the furniture we buy, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the healthcare we receive, the energy and means of transport we use to the objects and products ever-present in our lives.
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28/11/2018
Call for a joint effort across the value chains - CEMBUREAU reaction paper to the European Commission’s strategic long-term vision “A Clean Planet for all”
CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association, supports the European Commission in its efforts to meet the Paris Agreement objectives. The European cement industry shares the vision for a carbon neutral Europe. This ambition will require a joint stakeholder action across the European value chains to step up the EU’s efforts.
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26/09/2018
Energy-intensive industries call for an ambitious EU Industrial Strategy to help the industry better contribute to the EU long-term GHG goals
A new report outlines the Europe’s Energy-Intensive Industries contribution to the EU Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reductions
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03/07/2018
A Governance Structure for an ambitious EU Industrial Strategy
This new Joint Paper aims at proposing a governance structure which enables the implementation of an ambitious EU Industrial Strategy, based on an informed dialogue between the industry, decision-makers at EU, national, regional and local levels and the Civil Society.
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17/04/2018
Energy efficiency in the cement sector
At the heart of the EU Clean energy package, energy efficiency is one of the most efficient ways to achieve such an objective and the cement industry is very much committed to it.
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29/03/2018
Setting indicators for an ambitious EU Industrial Strategy
The aim of this Joint Paper is to propose a short list of indicators that can be used to both assess the health of the European industry and monitor the progress made by the EU on the implementation of its industrial strategy.
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08/03/2018
Clean Energy negotiations final stretch: How can the final deal secure Energy Intensive Industries’ competitiveness?
Significant progress has been achieved by co-legislators towards adopting a Clean Energy policy framework for the period towards 2030. During the final stretch towards achieving an agreement, the Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries (AEII) would like to highlight key success factors, which will allow a successful transition for EU industry to a low-carbon economy.
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21/02/2018
Boosting Europe’s Future Competitiveness as Key Priority for FP9
Associations representing key European industrial research and innovation stakeholders, call on the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to develop the next EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme (FP9).
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17/01/2018
CEMBUREAU Position Paper on Plastics Strategy
CEMBUREAU welcomes the European Commission’s initiative to develop a dedicated Plastics Strategy in a Circular Economy.
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15/11/2017
How to ensure a simple and effective Smartness Indicator
The SEDC, together with CEMBUREAU, COGEN Europe, ECOS, ESMIG and WindEurope, welcomes the introduction of a smartness indicator in the proposals for a new Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. We believe that the Smartness Indicator could be a key tool to unlock the flexibility of Europe’s building stock, and support the wider energy system to integrate larger shares of renewables in a cost-efficient way.
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24/10/2017
Joint Reaction Paper “For an ambitious EU industrial strategy: going further”
In the aftermath of the European Commission communication on “Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry – A renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy“ he Signatories of this Joint Paper – representing a wide range of industrial sectors – have come together to analyse the document and react by identifying key objectives and/or missing measures that should be at the heart of any ambitious EU industrial strategy, taking the Communication as a starting point.
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11/07/2017
Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy
The European manufacturing industry has tremendous capacity for research and innovation, boasts a skilled workforce and has earned a global reputation for quality and sustainability. What it now needs is the swift and determined support of the European institutions and the Member States to create more jobs and growth in Europe.
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07/06/2017
An Ambitious FP9 Strengthening Europe’s Industrial Leadership – Joint Declaration by Industry and RTOs
We, the associations representing European key industrial research and innovation stakeholders, call on the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to develop an ambitious next EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme (FP9) as a strong support for EU industrial leadership.
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24/05/2017
Joint industry statement on representative EU pollution standards
A systematic approach to derive the BAT‐AEL as a result of the BREF review process and the data collection performed in that context is a must.
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05/05/2017
No trade-off of Fairness - Recommendations from the Alliance for a fair EU-ETS
The Alliance for a Fair ETS has many concerns about the impact that some proposed measures under the EU-ETS would have on their global competitiveness.
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17/02/2017
Birds & Habitats Directives: Recomendations for improving their implementation
BirdLife and CEMBUREAU have identified several ways in which implementation of the BHD could be enhanced to the benefit of biodiversity and nature conservation across Europe.
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24/01/2017
EU-ETS: Tiered approach impacts seriously the majority of energy-intensive industries
As sectors exposed to carbon, investment and employment leakage as a result of the EU ETS, we strongly oppose any "Tiered Approach". In our view, full (100%) free allocation up to emission efficiency benchmark levels should be granted for all sectors.
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04/01/2017
Carcinogens & Mutagens at Work Directive: European employers highlight concerns
European employers are committed to effective protection of workers from occupational cancer. Nevertheless, we have strong concerns about the approach taken in the draft report produced by the European Parliament's Employment Committee.
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22/09/2016
EU-ETS Phase IV: cement industry views
In this document, the cement industry outlines its views on the EU-ETS
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