March was an important month for our work in the field of sustainable construction, culminating in a Stakeholders' Debate on 27 March on how we can tackle the challenges for the future. This is just the first building block of an exciting new campaign at EU level: The Concrete Initiative! For us, as representatives of the concrete industry, the primary goal is to engage with key stakeholders at EU level on what is needed to achieve sustainable construction, what do we have to offer, and what policy framework is required. Under the emblem of The Concrete Initiative, we have joined forces with BIBM (the European Federation for Precast Concrete) and ERMCO (the European Ready-Mixed Concrete Organisation) to initiate a reflection on what solutions we, as a sector, can provide, and what is expected from us.
In its contribution to the social pillar of sustainability, The Concrete Initiative commits to work with key stakeholders to accelerate the availability of affordable housing. It calls upon policymakers to ensure that sufficient financial flows are redirected towards boosting sustainable development.
Fire safety, resilience, energy efficiency.... these are just a few of the policy issue covered by the latest edition of Concrete Dialogue
On 30 November 2015, the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) together with the Danish consultancy Ramboll evaluated the contributions of the 2007-2013 Cohesion Policy programmes to energy efficiency in public and residential buildings on behalf of the European Commission.