Position Papers

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Eurogypsum position papers provide a clear standpoint on actual developments in which Eurogypsum plays a significant role. Please see at the end of the page the positions attached.


 

April   2016 :  Eurogypsum’s position paper on the commission proposal for the revision of the Waste Framework Directive


March   2016 :  Eurogypsum’s position paper on the commission proposal for the revision of the EU ETS


October  2015 :  Eurogypsum’s reply to the commission consultation on the functioning of the waste market 


July  2015 :  Eurogypsum’s reply to the commission consultation on the circular economy package 


May 2015 :  Eurogypsum’s Views and Recommendations on the Development of a Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency in the Building Sector

 The European Gypsum Industry is one of the frontrunners in the construction sector, striving for a circular economy for gypsum products. Current-day practices and pilot projects show that achieving this circular economy requires multi-stakeholder engagement, and a change of mind set on the supply side as well as the demand side.


March 2015 :  Eurogypsum’s  reply to the commission consultation on the revision of the EU ETS


October  2013 :  Eurogypsum detailed analysis on recycling endlessly-closing the loop for a greener economy

Similarly to Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste recycling, C&D gypsum waste recycling in general is not a single operator responsibility. It is collaboration between different operators throughout the value chain (demolishers – waste collectors-recyclers-manufacturers). The efficiency of the gypsum and C&D recycling lies in the efficiency of the C&D value chain. The role of the waste collector and sorting centres in the value chain should be clearly defined as separate collection is crucial for recycling gypsum waste at a high quality level.


August 2013: Eurogypsum reply to the Commission online questionnaire on the carbon leakage list 2015-2019

The carbon leakage list will be reviewed in 2014 to assess on which assumptions sectros coud be inserted in the carbon leakage list 2015-2019. Eurogypsum presented its view within the online questionnaire on 30 August 2013.


July 2013: Eurogypsum reply to the Commission online questionnaire on C&D Recovery Target

Gypsum products can be counted amongst the very few construction materials where “closed-loop” recycling is possible, i.e. where the waste is used to make the same product again. Gypsum as such is 100% and eternally recyclable. You can always reuse Gypsum because the chemical composition of the raw material in plasterboards and blocks always remains the same.

Similarly to Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste recycling, C&D gypsum waste recycling in general is not a single operator responsibility. It is collaboration between different operators throughout the value chain (demolishers-waste collectors-recyclers-manufacturers). The efficiency of the gypsum and C&D recycling lies in the efficiency of the C&D value chain.


June 2013: NEEIP position on Resource Taxation

Shifting from labour taxation to environmental taxation has been suggested by the European Commission, in its Roadmap to a resource-efficient Europe and more recently in the Annual Growth 2013, as a one of the possible solutions to:

Foster resource-efficiency by decoupling growth from resource and energy use

correcting “market failures” by reflecting the cost of certain externalities on the environment

driving forward innovation

Boost employment through less taxes on labour

While attractive at first glance, the Non-Energy Extractive Industries Panel (NEEIP) is concerned that this taxation shift, if exclusively imposed on mineral resources, will be detrimental to resource-efficiency itself (1) and to EU’s industry competitiveness (2).