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, concrete and steel value chains. To this end, ECOS will contribute to continued development of standards supporting a circular and performance-based approach to cement, cementitious materials, and concrete, as well as steel and steel-based products, largely used for construction.

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;
  • Help develop steel product standards (CEN/TC 459 Sub-Committees) to maximise its sustainability and functionality, including horizontal standards relating to steel grades, certificates and delivery conditions, standards for steel circular economy, and specifically construction products through:
    • Revision of steel Construction Product Regulation mandates (CPR Acquis) and
    • Development of construction Product Category Rules for steel construction Environmental Product Declarations (CEN/TC 135/WG 17);
  • 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;
  • Air quality impacts: 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).

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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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