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Relevant recent public consultations
Public Consultation on the functioning of Waste Markets
UEPG, the European Aggregates Association answered the questionnaire and underlined the lack of recognised European end-of-life criteria. Their answer also suggests that while national projects encourage the use of recycled aggregates, these should consider the economic viability and necessary physical infrastructure before imposing such requests.
Therefore, the promotion of the use of recycled aggregates should be done when it is economically, environmentally and technically feasible, respecting the given technical standards.
Public Consultation on the evaluation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (2010/31/EU)
The European Concrete Platform is preparing the common answer of the concrete industry.
ZEBRA2020 project launched
The European legislation (Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, which is currently under revision) makes nearly zero energy buildings (nZEBs) a standard by 2021 for all new buildings.
The Concrete Initiative
European Court of Auditors – Special Report: Is EU financial support adequately addressing the needs of micro-entrepreneurs?
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) prepared and recently published (July 2015) a special report with the title “Is EU financial support adequately addressing the needs of micro-entrepreneurs?”. In the report, the Court assessed whether the programming and design of the EU financial support was addressing the actual needs of micro-entrepreneurs and whether robust performance reporting systems were in place.
ECA Report (available in 23 languages)
Developing a Common EU Construction & Demolition Waste Management Protocol
European Demolition Association - The management of the C&D Waste (European Concrete Industry’s position)
Live from the European Union
Resource Efficiency own-initiative report is adopted by the European Parliament
BIBM welcomed the support for a holistic approach and life cycle analysis when assessing the environmental performance of construction works.
However, concerning the resource efficiency indicators, BIBM called for the inclusion of scarcity as one of the main indicators. BIBM believes that abundantly available raw materials such as aggregates, doesn’t jeopardise the resource independence of Europe.
BIBM equally called for the acknowledgment of the so-called “open-loop recycling”, and believes that the sustainable use of recycled material other than the original application should be also recognised e.g. earth works.
As for the minimum recycled content, it is not always given that recycled material has the least environmental impact. Long transport distance between the source and construction site could result in high environmental impact. Additionally, the availability of the secondary raw material is variable. Therefore, a minimum recycled content requirement is counterproductive, especially in the case of locally available materials.
When it comes to the assessment of environmental performances of construction products, BIBM called the European Parliament and the European Commission for the complete and right implementation of the Construction Products Regulation and the use of already existing standards developed under the mandate of CEN TC 350.
BIBM also draw the attention to the principle, that due to the specific properties of construction products (intermediary products), assessments should be always carried out at building level.
Luxembourg takes over the rotating presidency of the EU
From 1 July onwards, Luxembourg will take up the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months.
As for its economic priorities, Luxembourg aims at reinforcing the European economy and tackle unemployment. On its agenda, the presidency is expected to complete the Investment Plan for Europe proposed by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, a plan that intends to unlock up to 315 billion euro in investment. Creating economic growth, increasing productivity, revitalising the single market and repairing competitiveness are all cited among the ambitious goals of the next six months.
Sustainability and the transition toward a circular economy are integrated part of the economic objectives, and they are seen as a way to exploit the potential of the European economy and a factor which will contribute to the economic growth.
For the whole programme of the Luxembourg presidency, please visit the following link.
Best practice in Health and Safety
British Precast Concrete Federation‘s pragmatic approach to fight against accidents in the precast concrete plants
8 September 2015
BIBM Board meeting
10 September 2015
CEN/TC 229/WG 5 meeting
15 September 2015
BIBM Technical Commission
16 September 2015
JRC conference of resilient structures
2 October 2015
6 October 2015
ECP TF Sustainable Concrete
7 October 2015
14 October 2015
CPE TG CPR implementation
15 October 2015
COHERENO final conference
20 October 2015
28 October 2015
CEN/TC 229/WG 5 meeting (tbc)
10 November 2015
CEN/TC 229/WG 4 meeting
17 November 2015
BIBM General Assembly
19 November 2015 (upon invitations only)
The Concrete Initiative: Citizens at the heart of sustainably-built environment
19 November 2015
ECP TF Fire & Eurocodes
20 November 2015
23 November 2015
CPE CPR meeting
25 November 2015
BIBM Technical Commission (tbc)
26-27 November 2015
JRC SafeSust workshop
To the Newsletter of Construction Products Europe (former CEPMC), please follow this link.
To read the Quarterly Newsletter of The Concrete Initiative, please follow this link.
List of Acronyms
CPE - Construction Product Europe
CPR – Construction Products Regulation
C&D waste – construction and demolition waste
ECP - European Concrete Platform
EMA – European Masonry Alliance
JRC – Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
PCR – Product Category Rules
TF – Task Force
AhG – Ad-hoc Group