Advisory Board on the European Green Deal

Bulgarian Association of the Cement Industry (BACI) and CEMBUREAU – the European Cement Association, send kindest congratulations for the establishment of an Advisory Board on the European Green Deal. We wish success in the work of this important state authority for Bulgaria’s European future.

The Bulgarian Association of the Cement Industry (BACI) is a non-profit organization, with members the cement producers on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, three of the most renowned cement companies: Devnya Cement AD and Vulcan Cement AD (part of Heidelberg Group), Holcim Bulgaria AD (part of LafargeHolcim Group) and Titan Zlatna Panega Cement AD (part of Titan Group). In 2019, according to data of the National Statistical Institute, the total production of unground cement (clinker) in Bulgaria amounted to about 2.23 million tonnes. The members of BACI are some of the largest employers, whereby after the acquisition of the cement plants by the international companies, significant financial resources have been invested, thanks to which the plants’ production facilities have been completely modernized and now use the best available technologies. BACI is actively working on all priorities of the European Union pertaining to the cement industry, including the European Green Deal, the complementary regulatory mechanisms to the European Emissions Trading Scheme with a view of the multiannual financial framework and the long-term EU carbon strategy – the so-called CARBON BORDER MECHANISMS, etc., the implementation of the European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050. More information and more details about BACI’s activities is available at https://bacibg.org/ , https://bacibg.org/нашата-амбиция-постигане-на-въглерод/ , and https://cembureau.eu/green-deal/ .

BACI remains at the disposal of the Advisory Board on the European Green Deal for active assistance, consultations and support to the Board in relation to the main issues for which it was established, including:

  1. The effects in respect of the Republic of Bulgaria arising from the Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the European Green Deal (COM (2019) 640 final) of 11 December 2019 (the Communication);
  2. Alignment of the national priorities in the area of energy security, accelerated economic development, social justice and protection of the environment;
  3. Development of a balanced national energy strategy until 2030 with a view on 2050, based on a realistic assessment of the national priorities, promotion of the introduction of innovative technologies in the production, storage and supply of energy;
  4. Plans and strategic documents arising from the Communication.

We believe that the cement industry is a significant key factor for the successful implementation of the European Green Deal.

And that’s not all. As outlined in our roadmap at European level for carbon neutrality – officially published on 12 May 2020 by CEMBUREAU, the European cement industry will strive to achieve zero net carbon emissions along the cement production chain and concrete until 2050.

The roadmap contains proposals for reducing carbon emissions by taking different actions at each stage of the clinker, cement, concrete and construction production chain and (re) carbonization, in order to achieve zero net emissions by 2050. It quantifies the role of each technology in providing CO2 emissions savings, making concrete political and technical recommendations to support this objective.

To achieve the goal of carbon neutrality the sector demands decisive political action from the EU will be required in some key areas, including:

  • The development of a pan-European CO2 transportation and storage network;
  • Decisive action on circular economy to support the use of non-recyclable waste and biomass waste in cement production;
  • Ambitious policies to reduce European building’s CO2 footprint, based on a life-cycle approach, that incentivise the market uptake of low-carbon cements;
  • A level playing field on carbon, regulatory certainty and an ambitious industrial transformation agenda.
  • By 2030, CEMBUREAU aspires to be in line with the Paris Agreement’s two degrees scenario, reducing CO2 emissions by 30% for cement and 40% down the value chain.

We hope to work together on the issues for which the Advisory Board was established and remain at your disposal in connection with the activities of the Boards, including in respect of opinions, explanations and support for all relevant issues and topics.