Climate Change & Clean Energy

Industrial emissions

The cement industry as one of the most energy-intensive sectors is responsible for approximately 8% of CO2 emissions. At the same time, existing cement and concrete standards have been identified as one of the main barriers to the uptake of low-carbon cements as they require minimum amounts of Portland cement to be traded on the European market. Our goal is to create opportunities for innovative, low carbon cements and contribute to the development of more performance-based standards for cement and cementitious materials.

What we are working on

  • Revision of the EN 15804 standard on Environmental Product Declarations for construction products, a highly popular standard amongst the industry;
  • CEN/TC 51 “Cement and building limes” which drafts European standards on cement classes and specifications and establishes harmonised test methods for cement;
  • CEN/TC 104 “Concrete and related products”, working on properties, requirements and test methods for concrete;
  • CEN/TC 350/WG 3, which develops core rules for the environmental performance declaration of construction products.

Related news

  • Save the date! Conference on Circularity in Construction – 16 June, Brussels

    Our conference will explore how the construction sector can deliver the ambition of the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan. The event will bring together a wide range of industry and environmental stakeholders to discuss current challenges and identify policies, laws and standards that can transform the construction sector from an environmental problem to part of the solution.

  • Press Release: The new Circular Economy Action Plan promises ecodesign for all

    ECOS, an environmental NGO with expertise in ecodesign and standardisation, is pleased to see the European Commission’s commitment to placing ecodesign principles at the heart of the EU’s sustainable product policy. The list of Key Product Value Chains, outlined in the Circular Economy Action Plan released today, correctly prioritises the high environmental impact sectors where specific actions are needed. Only with ambitious laws and targets, however, can these sectors truly become more circular.

  • CALL FOR EXPERTS – GHG accounting & carbon neutrality

    ECOS is looking for experts in the field of greenhouse gas emissions accounting methods, with a focus on GHG emissions from Energy Intensive Industries and carbon neutrality, to provide us with technical and scientific input and represent ECOS position in the development of standards.

Contact person

Ioana Popescu
Senior Programme Manager+32 2 893 08 66

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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