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.
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.
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.
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.