Climate Change & Clean Energy

Energy Intensive Industries

We aim to contribute to the decarbonisation of energy-intensive industries, by creating opportunities for innovative, low-carbon materials and products, specifically in the cement and steel sectors. To this end, ECOS will contribute to continued development of performance-based standards for cement and cementitious materials, as well as steel and steel-based products.

What we are working on

  • Drive a performance-based approach to standards to make space for new, low-carbon alternatives to traditional materials such as Portland cement-based products or coal powered virgin steel production;
  • Remove the barriers created by standards to shift to low-carbon alternatives, by ensuring alternative or secondary materials are able to drive decarbonisation and circularity;
  • Support stringent environmental requirements within forthcoming product standards to help market creation for low-carbon steel;
  • Standardisation of steel products (TC459) for industries including construction, as well as horizontal standards for physical and chemical test methods, steel grades, certificates and delivery conditions;
  • Standards for cement and building limes (CEN/TC 51) working on cement classes and specifications and establishing harmonised test methods for cement;
  • Standards for concrete and related products (CEN/TC 104), working on properties, requirements and test methods for concrete.
  • Contribute to the development of standards for improved air quality management (CEN TC264), including for measuring mercury (WG8), for air quality sensors for ambient air (WG42), and standards for ambient air modelling quality (WG43)

Related work:
Buildings and Construction Products

Related news

  • This is how standards could support decarbonisation of energy-intensive industries – new ECOS paper

    Two of the world’s main polluters are hidden in plain sight. Cement and steel, so commonly used in the construction sector, represent approximately 13% of our CO2 emissions combined - a perfect example of the impact that energy intensive industries have on our planet’s deterioration. They are both typically produced using highly polluting methods, and we are nowhere near reducing the resulting emissions, even though more sustainable options exist.

  • Now online! Conference on Circularity in Construction on 29 September!

    Health and safety of our participants is a priority for us. This is why we decided to move our event online, so that everyone can join from the comfort of their home or office. Would you like to join us on 29 September? Fill in the form below!

  • Industrial transformation for a more resilient future – new NGO position

    "Business as usual" is no longer an option in the face of our current climate crisis. Industry accounts for 14% of overall greenhouse gas emissions in the EU. To meet the EU’s climate neutrality target and address the ever-increasing environmental impacts from industrial production processes, we need to embark European industry on a net-zero, non-toxic environment pathway.

Contact person

Michael Neaves
Programme Manager+32 2 893 08 59

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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