Skip to main content

New data suggests no fall in GHG emissions for EU cement sector

Published by
World Cement,


Earlier this year, Sandbag undertook research that revealed that perverse incentives in the design of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) have driven higher GHG emissions in the cement sector.

Sandbag’s new analysis of recently published figures from the Cement Sustainability Initiative show that European Portland cement producers have not reduced the carbon intensity of cement from the beginning of the EU ETS in 2008 up until the end of 2014 (the most recent year for which data is available). The sector in fact made greater strides in reducing emissions in the years prior to the EU ETS.

This highlights the inability of the EU’s flagship climate policy, as currently designed, to address European cement sector emissions.

Meanwhile, low-carbon new entrant cement companies operating outside of the EU ETS have commercialized technologies to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of cement, yet are struggling to scale-up as they fight through a mass of regulation and product standards which support the high-carbon status quo.

Wilf Lytton, analyst at Sandbag, commented: “EU policymakers have overprotected the cement sector in the EU ETS to such an extent that companies have not taken any action to reduce their GHG emissions.

The EU’s approach is killing with kindness; by maintaining the status quo on free allocation of allowances they are making their own climate targets undeliverable. Not only that, but new, low-carbon European cement manufacturers outside of the EU ETS could be expanding Europe’s industrial base, but instead the carbon market is simply protecting Europe’s high-polluting industrial dinosaurs.”

Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/europe-cis/12102016/new-data-suggests-no-fall-in-ghg-emissions-for-eu-cement-sector/

You might also like

 WCT2020

Optimisation 2020

Optimisation 2020 provides a unique online forum for cement industry professionals to hear first-hand from experts through a series of exclusive presentations from cement producers and industry experts.

Find out more and register for the series »

 

 Spotlight

World Cement Spotlight with Rockwell Automation

World Cement Editor, David Bizley, sat down with Michael Tay, Advanced Analytics Product Manager at Rockwell Automation to discuss his recent article in World Cement.

Entitled ‘Smooth Sailing’, this article explains how machine learning can help save energy, reduce downtime and predict equipment failures, thus enabling the smooth running of cement plant operations.

Watch the interview now »

 

High-level control in cement production

Dirk Schmidt and Eugen Geibel, KIMA Process Control, discuss how the methods of High-Level Control (HLC) have been used in the cement industry in the early 2000s and control ever more complex closed-loop-controlled processes where standard controllers fail.

 
 

Embed article link: (copy the HTML code below):