Concrete is the most widely-used construction material in the world. It is part of our everyday lives. However, its ubiquitous nature often means it is taken for granted. Concrete aims to increase awareness of its essential role in creating a sustainable construction sector in Europe.
The "concrete industry" is made up of several industries. The aggregates, cement and admixtures industries all supply materials to ready-mix and precast concrete. The term "concrete industry" should be taken to mean this ensemble of industries involved in the manufacturing of concrete and concrete products.
The European Green Deal set a new standard for policy developments and 2023 will be a crucial year for the built environment in Europe with the publication by the European Commission of the Construction Ecosystem Transition Pathway and the Whole life Carbon Roadmap. This is why the four European associations representing the concrete sector and its value chain - BIBM (the Federation of the European Precast Concrete Industry), CEMBUREAU (the European Cement Association), EFCA (the European Federation of Concrete Admixtures Associations) and ERMCO (the European Ready Mixed Concrete Organization) - have joined forces in a new umbrella organisation: Concrete Europe. The new entity is the successor to The European Concrete Platform and The Concrete Initiative. The membership is open to all EU associations active in the concrete value chain.
In its EU Green Deal communication, the Commission defines our sector as “indispensable to Europe’s economy”. Concrete Europe will continue to convey to the EU stakeholders our sector’s contribution to achieving the goals of the EU Green Deal by: