The Concrete Initiative - sustainable construction
Cement and Concrete Industry: Multiplier Effect on the Economy and their Contribution to a Low Carbon Economy
Commissioned by The Concrete Initiative, this study by the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA) entitled “Closing the loop: What type of concrete re-use is the most sustainable option?” looks at the different options for recycling concrete.
Is European legislation having a negative impact on the competitiveness of the construction sector? This is the question behind the recently launched European Commission consultation, which aims to gather feedback on the impact of EU legislation on the construction sector. It covers 15 pieces of EU legislation in the following policy fields: Internal Market, Energy Efficiency, Environment and Health & Safety.
From water supplies to energy production, roads to bridges, infrastructure plays an essential role in our day-to-day lives. Without finding ways to improve it, we will not be able to face future environmental concerns. That is why Concrete Dialogue 2017: Renewing Europe’s infrastructure: needs, challenges and opportunities debated and addressed the infrastructure challenges in Europe and identified sustainable solutions for the future.
On 1 July 2015, the European Commission (DG Energy) launched a public consultation on the review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
Take a look at the June edition of concrete Dialogue for more information about our 17 November Concrete Dialogue event!
On 26 November 2014, The Concrete Initiative will be organising a networking dinner at the European Parliament in Strasbourg with recently elected MEPs. This event will be kindly hosted by MEP Julie Girling (European Conservatives and Reformists Group, UK) and aims to raise awareness about The Concrete Initiative and it input to the sustainable construction debate.
18 million direct jobs. 9% of GDP. These are just some of the key figures highlighted in a new European Commission report on the importance of Europe’s construction sector. However, as indicated in the report, the contribution of Europe’s construction industry goes way beyond these economic and growth priorities.
On 19 November 2015, the DG Environment publication "Science for Environment Policy" published an article concerning a study entitled “Carbon footprint comparison of innovative techniques in the construction and maintenance of road infrastructure in The Netherlands”.
As private actors that contribute to building the sustainable cities and infrastructure of tomorrow, we should not be deterred by these risks but consider them as an opportunity to engage on a scale which goes beyond the specific product we produce and makes us reach out to society at large.