" A sustainable Aggregates Industry for a sustainable Europe "

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UEPG Achievements and Objectives

"The aggregates sector is the largest extractive industry excluding energyminerals, providing essential construction materials and makes a uniquecontribution to European welfare and social model compatible withenvironmental management and biodiversity. The European AggregatesIndustry is a responsible, and trustworthy partner for all its stakeholders;an industry we are proud of and which deserves to be better supportedfor planning and securing long-term access to resources."

Jesús Ortiz,

UEPG President 2015-2018

 

 

UEPG monitored the circular economy package published on 2 December 2015 including amendmentsto the existing Waste Framework Directive. The European Parliament plenary adopted amendments in March 2017 providing Rapporteur Simona Bonafé MEP (S&D, Italy) with a mandate to enter Triloguenegotiations. UEPG published a Position Paper on the amendments to the Waste Framework Directive and the Landfill Directive, proposed by the European Commission, and reacted to the1100 amendments and compromise amendments tabled by the European Parliament.

In December 2016, the European Commission published the EU Fitness Check Evaluation of the Birds and Habitats Directives. Drawn conclusions confirmed that within the framework of broaderbiodiversity policy, the Directives remained relevant and fit for purpose. However, substantialimprovements in their implementation were needed to fully achieve their objectives. In view ofimproving the implementation of the Natura 2000 Directives, the European Commission decidedto develop an Action Plan and published an EU Roadmap identifying key challenges and actionsto take. UEPG provided its first reactions and recommendations to the European Commission.UEPG recommendations focused on the need for increased flexibility and a more evolutionaryapproach towards biodiversity management, referring to solutions the European AggregatesIndustry can provide such as the concept of “Temporary Nature”. UEPG made clear that the EuropeanAggregates Industry is a trusted partner and part of the solution to improve nature protectionin Europe which was taken into account into the EU Action Plan published in April 2017.

NEPSI 2016 Reporting results demonstrated the continued commitment to EU Social Dialogue.Thanks to UEPG Members, reporting of the aggregates sector further improved. The EuropeanCommission report on NEPSI was also positive. UEPG actively contributed with its Membersto the 2015-2016 NEPSI co-funded Communication Campaign from webinars to the 10thAnniversary Conference. In May 2016, the European Commission issued a proposal to include“work involving exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust generated by a work process” inAnnex I of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive with a binding occupational exposure limitat 0.1 mg/m³ in Annex III of the Directive. The proposal also recognised the work of NEPSI asa valuable instrument to complement regulatory requirements and to support their effectiveimplementation. UEPG contributed to strengthen the recognised work and benefits of the NEPSIagreement toward EU Institutions and Partners during the current ordinary legal procedure.UEPG contributed to the development of an EU Protocol for the management of Constructionand Demolition Waste and succeeded in providing key messages. The Protocol was published inNovember 2016 and officially endorsed by UEPG.UEPG praised 41 entrants at a prestigious Ceremony on 16 November 2016 in the BrusselsCentre of Fine Arts showing that aggregates producers are strongly committed to sustainabledevelopment. In 2017, UEPG marked its 30th Anniversary. Since 1987, UEPG has grown andis more visible, cooperating closely with EU Institutions, NGOs and Partners, for a continuousimprovement, demonstrating that aggregates are essential to ensure Europe’s growth, livingstandards, local employment and sustainability.

UEPG contributed to the development of an EU Protocol for the management of Constructionand Demolition Waste and succeeded in providing key messages. The Protocol was published inNovember 2016 and officially endorsed by UEPG.


UEPG praised 41 entrants at a prestigious Ceremony on 16 November 2016 in the BrusselsCentre of Fine Arts showing that aggregates producers are strongly committed to sustainabledevelopment. In 2017, UEPG marked its 30th Anniversary. Since 1987, UEPG has grown andis more visible, cooperating closely with EU Institutions, NGOs and Partners, for a continuousimprovement, demonstrating that aggregates are essential to ensure Europe’s growth, livingstandards, local employment and sustainability.