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Energy 31-10-2018

Swiss researchers chart path to zero-emission cement

The construction sector can cut polluting emissions up to 80% by applying efficiency measures along the whole value chain, according to new research. If combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, emissions could even be brought down to zero by 2050, they argue.
Air Quality 06-06-2018

Why construction machinery must be included in the Clean Vehicles Directive

Construction site machinery is responsible for a significant amount of air, noise, and climate pollution yet remains remarkably unregulated. The ongoing recast of the EU Clean Vehicles Directive offers a golden opportunity to address this, writes Mark Preston.
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Silicones. Enabling the construction revolution.
Economy & Jobs 06-09-2017

Silicones: Enabling the construction revolution

The skylines of so many of our modern cities are truly awe-inspiring. They are the product of incredible engineering, pioneering design, inventive architecture and the use of clever technology.
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Circular economy 05-09-2017

Silicones: Enabling the construction revolution

Have you ever wondered how tall buildings withstand extreme conditions in the heights? Their existence has only been made possible in very recent years, thanks to impressive advances in modern technology.
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Not seeing the construction revolution? That’s a good thing. Find out why!

You may know silicones as the material of your favourite kitchenware or your swimming cap. But did you know silicones play a key role in many aspects of construction?
Energy 14-02-2017

Split cement lobby forces MEPs to choose ahead of climate emissions vote

MEPs must pick between progressive and regressive wings of the cement sector in Wednesday’s vote on the Emissions Trading Scheme, writes James Nix.

France introduces card system to tackle posted worker fraud

France has begun issuing professional cards to construction workers in a scheme that will become compulsory this year. The objective is to combat illegal employment and the fraudulent posting of workers in Europe.

Parliament bids to reconcile East and West over posted workers

The European Parliament is attempting to bridge the divide between East and West on the question of posted workers. In France, non-francophones are already excluded from some construction sites by the "Molière clause". EURACTIV France reports.
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The construction sector in Europe and its SMEs: facts and figures

The construction sector in Europe and its SMEs: facts and figures

The construction sector is the EU’s largest industrial employer with a total direct workforce of 18 million people and it contributes at around 9% to the GDP of the European Union.
Brexit 28-07-2016

Brexit shockwaves hit UK consumers, wages and construction

Shockwaves from Britain's vote to leave the European Union are reverberating through the economy with surveys published on Thursday (28 July) showing a sharp dive in consumer confidence and a slowdown in the construction sector.

Promoting gender equality in the construction sector

Traditionally a sector dominated by men, modern construction has something to offer for people of any age and gender. Diversifying the sector would help cut unemployment and boost the European economy, argues Patrick Liébus.

Circular Economy package to regulate construction sector

The future Circular Economy Package will aim to create a market for reused construction materials salvaged from demolition sites. EURACTIV France reports.
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France aims for ‘energy positive’ public buildings

Ségolène Royale, the French Minister for Ecology and Energy, aspires to make every new publicly-subsidised building in the country 'energy positive'. The minister wants to include this initiative in the energy transition bill presented last June, EURACTIV France reports.
Circular economy 30-04-2014

EU to align environmental gauges for construction products

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission intends to align existing methods and standards to assess environmental performances of construction products, with the objective of favouring “green” comparisons, and higher levels of recycling and reuse.
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Economy & Jobs 03-12-2013

Invitation: Jobs take their toll

Employers and most European governments tell us we will all have to work for longer. But how can workers in backbreaking jobs do that? As it is, many never manage to work out a full career due to physical or mental burnout.
Trade & Society 17-07-2012

New renovation rule set to boost inner-city industry

SPECIAL REPORT / Newly adopted EU rules requiring governments to revamp old buildings will generate industrial renovation in cities, say commentators who welcome the energy efficiency directive approved by the European Parliament's energy committee last week (12 July).