A key enabler for the decarbonisation of the cement industry
The CEMBUREAU 2050 Carbon Neutrality Roadmap sets out the decarbonisation levers across the five stages of the cement and concrete value chain (clinker-cement-concrete-constructioncarbonation). Achieving the GHG emission reduction targets requires the development of a variety of technologies and the putting in place of innovative projects. Most of the decarbonisation projects in the cement sector entail an increase in electricity demand and will therefore require a strong and fast availability of renewable energy sources some of which will be developed on-site our industrial plants.
The granting of a permit is an indispensable step in the early stages of each of these decarbonisation projects. However, permitting times strongly vary between Member States and often slow down the lead times for projects.
CEMBUREAU is pleased to see that the need to simplify and fast-track the permitting process, reduce the red tape and address the lack of human resources capacities is addressed by the European Commission both in the Proposed Net Zero Industry Act and in relation to the development of renewable energy projects. Given the specific and limited scope of both initiatives, we strongly plead in favour of extending the permit facilitating principles to each and every project that contributes to the decarbonization agenda.
The below table provides more detailed explanations on each of these topics1. CEMBUREAU urges EU and national policymakers to take into account these requirements in their upcoming initiatives.
1 The items set out in the table are inspired on the EU Commission’s Staff Working Document “Guidance to Member States on good practices to speed up permit-granting procedures for renewable energy projects”, SWD(2022)149final, 18 May 2022 and on the Net Zero Industry Act proposed by the Commission on 16 March 2023, COM(2023)161final.
|TOPIC||CEMBUREAU POSITION & RECOMMENDATION|
|ACTIONS AT EU LEVEL|
|Simplification of permitting processes||
|ACTIONS AT NATIONAL LEVEL|
|Introducing a permit request||
|Speeding up permitting process||
|Simplify access to the judicial system||