Media Coverage

Why the EU cement industry opposes an import inclusion scheme

Carbon Pulse, 7 February 2017

From the very start of the EU ETS, all energy intensive industries, including the cement industry, have emphasised that climate change is a global problem that needs to be tackled at an international level. In the absence of an international agreement with equivalent obligations on operators around the world, the industry has always insisted upon a global level playing field. The suggestion to study and assess a border adjustment mechanism was one of several tools proposed to address the risk of carbon leakage. Such a mechanism could operate either in addition to free allowances or, as free allowances are considered to be transitional in nature, as a potential alternative in the long run.

CEMBUREAU is prepared to continue to discuss how to best achieve the objectives of the EU Emission Trading Directive. The allegation that the EU has the highest share of old installations worldwide is not substantiated as whilst the ‘Getting the Numbers Right’ (GNR) data for the EU covers close to 100% of EU plants (those of CSI member companies as well as non-CSI companies reporting to GNR through CEMBUREAU coordination) this is not the case for other jurisdictions, where it is mainly the best performing plants which are contributing to the GNR data collection (the ones of companies belonging to CSI only). GNR data shows that Europe is still the world leader in CO2 efficiency.  It also uses the highest level of alternative fuels (41% of all fuel needs) globally and places a strong focus on innovation and breakthrough technology.

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The CSI embarks on a new challenge...

Global Cement, February 2017

On 13 - 14 December 2016 in Madrid, the CSI held its Annual Forum on the theme of Climate Change (mitigation and adaptation) to openly discuss, both internally and with key external experts from the regulatory and financial domains, the challenges and opportunities created by the implementation of the Paris agreement for the sector.

Hosted by Cemex and CRH, two of the founding members of the CSI, this Forum was the 10th of its kind and it also coincided with the 10th annual reporting exercise of CO2 emissions for the Getting the Numbers Right (GNR) database, the most comprehensive database on energy and CO2 emissions produced by any industrial sector. CSI members identified that these two anniversaries provided an ideal opportunity to undertake a strategic reflection of the CSI achievements, structures, commitments and future direction.

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Global cement group spawns concrete twin, responsible sourcing certification

Concrete Products, 24 January 2017

The WBCSD's CSI, along with partners from the Americas, Europe and Asia, has launched a responsible sourcing certification system for concrete.

A CSI counterpart chartered in November 2016, the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) is crafting the system to help concrete, cement and aggregate companies gain insight in the level to which they operate in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible way. CSC certification covers raw material sourcing, provenance and production, plus economical, social and environmental impacts.

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The “Paris Agreement” on climate change: An opportunity for cement sector to further reduce its CO2 emissions

AUCBM's Quarterly Cement and Building Materials Review, December 2016

Clearly there is a world “Before Paris” and a world “After Paris”.

The Paris agreement has now entered into force, faster than any similar UN treaty, agreement or protocol. But more importantly, it is supported by the most progressive stakeholders of the business economy who have understood that the interest for working on climate change mitigation and adaptation makes also good business sense. CSI will continue scaling-up its activities through its collaborative platform, partnering with the sector’s various trade and industry associations and expanding the coverage of its activities through additional members and the enhanced deployment if its tools.

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The ‘Paris Agreement’ on climate change modifies the business environment...

Global Cement, November 2016

The multilateral, legally-binding ‘Paris Agreement,’ adopted on 12 December 2015 at COP21, officially entered into force on 4 November 2016. This accelerated ratification process, a ‘first’ in United Nations history by being within one year, demonstrates a clear change in the Parties’ commitment, reflecting the urgency for all stakeholders to tackle climate change and its impacts.

Members of the CSI welcome this historic moment! The long-awaited agreement establishes a worldwide permanent regulatory framework that will enable the business community to scale up the implementation of low-carbon solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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CSI and cement leaders welcome the Paris Agreement's activation

4 November 2016

The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November. Members of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) welcomed the news as a key milestone in establishing a stable regulatory framework to enable the business community to scale up the implementation of low-carbon solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Resultados del Acuerdo de París (COP21) Oportunidades para el sector del cemento y hormigón

Cemento & Conreto magazine by FICEM, October 2016

Luego de dos semanas de intensas deliberaciones, el pasado 12 de diciembre de 2015 concluyó la COP211 y se hizo entrega del Acuerdo de París, enviando al mundo una clara y esperada señal, y al mismo tiempo logrando poner en marcha un marco para la acción.

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EBRD helps to reduce carbon emissions from the Egyptian cement industry

The FINANCIAL, 27 September 2016

The Egyptian cement industry could reduce its CO2 emissions by 2030 by following new recommendations in a report from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). These recommendations have been published in the EBRD’s report: “Policy roadmap for a Low-Carbon Egyptian Cement Industry” which highlights the need for decisive and collaborative action by the industry’s stakeholders in order to achieve a reduction in CO₂ emissions.

The report was initiated by the EBRD, in cooperation with Egypt’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, the Chamber of Building Materials Industries/Cement Industry Association and the CSI of the WBCSD. 

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