A high level debate on sustainable construction featuring key stakeholders at EU level was held as the European concrete sector came together at the end of May to launch The Concrete Initiative. According to the initiative, construction is the largest single economic activity and the greatest industrial employer in Europe with some 20 million jobs.
The concrete industry as a whole employs some 550,000 people in the EU, generating approximately €65,000 added value per employed capita per annum. Bearing this in mind, the launch event for the Concrete Initiative focused on a debate with EU stakeholders on key issues including the regulatory framework which is required to achieve Europe’s goals, as well as the need for local resources, local manufacturing and a local market.
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