Cement: EU Action

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Gordon Banks Gordon Banks Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) meetings and (b) discussions his Department has had with representatives of cement producers who do not manufacture cement in the UK on the proposed hybrid clinker benchmark for Phase III of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The European Commission's proposal for the free allocation rules for Phase III of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) was sent to member states on 22 October, including the proposed hybrid clinker benchmark. There have been no meetings with cement producers who do not manufacture in the UK about this proposed hybrid approach.

Officials have met with Holcim, which does not manufacture cement in the UK, on two occasions in January and February 2010. These meetings were about the broad issue of cement benchmarking, rather than the currently proposed hybrid approach.

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