First publishedin Aggregates Business Europe
The European Minerals Association (UEPG) reports on addressing key challenges for a resource efficient industry.
Late last year, the 12th European Minerals Forum took place in the North-Rhine Westphalian Representation, Brussels. The high-level event, organised by the European Minerals Foundation with strong support from the Non-Energy Extractive Industry Panel (NEEIP), brought together more than 50 stakeholders and was an opportunity to address the key challenges of the industry.
At the event on 30 November, the central theme was Resource Efficiency, the major topic of 2011 for the European Union
institutions (2012 will be focused on water), with the publication of a Communication in January, followed by the publication of the Roadmap in September.
Resource Efficiency has deep ramifications, with a number of key issues for the non-energy extractive industry, including access to local resources, recycling/reuse/recovery, water and biodiversity.
Abraão de Carvalho, from the European Commission
Directorate General Enterprise & Industry, and Pia Bucella, from the Directorate General Environment, underlined the necessity to move the industry towards resource efficiency, while Jean-Marie Chandelle, President of CEMBUREAU
, emphasised on behalf of the NEEIP (Non-Energy Extractive Industry Panel) that resource efficiency goes together with local access to resources. Taxation on resources and reducing red tape were debated in depth.
These keynote addresses led to round-tables, which allowed lively debates, moderated by the journalist Paul Ames, on a number of issues including Best Practices in Minerals Planning and Permitting Procedures - What is the Final Goal?
Pekka Suomela, from the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy
; Alain Pasquier from the French Aggregates Association (UNPG
); César Luaces Frades from the Spanish Aggregates Federation (FdA
) and Mark Plummer from the Department for Communities and Local Government
in the United Kingdom, exchanged their respective experiences related to Minerals Planning and Permitting Procedures. The importance of dialogue was underlined.