The Concrete Europe calls for
- EU and Member States to recognise our sector as an enabler and solution-provider to tackle Europe's infrastructure and affordable housing deficit.
- Involvement of the concrete sector in the ongoing reflection linked to the sustainable development of cities, including the Smart Cities and Communities Initiative.
- Assessment of how to develop a regulatory framework to incentivise and redirect sufficient funds towards the sustainable construction of housing, transport and urban infrastructure.
- Recognition of the sector as essential in the European Commission's mid-term review of industrial policy, and ensuring equal and long-term access to resources and energy to allow the European industry to compete globally.
- Recognition at EU level that industrial policies and standards must look at the performance of the building or infrastructure project, and not favour one material over another.
- Further development and dissemination of Green Public Procurement Guidelines and criteria that include whole-life performance and durability.
- Sustainability standards and regulations that assess the performance of the whole building or infrastructure project, rather than its individual components, taking a "material neutral", "whole life" approach.
- Recognition of the concrete industry's contribution to a resource-efficient and circular economy.
- Targets for recycling of construction and demolition waste to be differentiated by material type or by environmental impact, not simply by mass.