Cement Exposed: New data from EU cement sector shows no fall in CO2 emissions

26 October 2016

  • Increasing CO2 intensity: Data from the Cement Sustainability Initiative shows that the carbon intensity of EU cement increased from 2008 to 2014.

  • No carbon leakage: Since 2011, the EU cement sector has vastly increased exports of cement clinker outside the EU, demonstrating that the EU Emissions Trading System has not made the sector globally uncompetitive.

Earlier this year, research by Sandbag 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).  In fact, the sector made greater strides in reducing emissions in the years prior to the EU ETS.

Download the full report: Cement Exposed


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October 26, 2016