(Europe) -- Benoît-Henri Koch, Member of the Holcim Executive Committee, has tendered his resignation as Vice President of Cembureau and President of its Steering Committee.
Cembureau is the representative organization of the cement industry in Europe.
The decision is rooted in Holcim's fundamental disagreement with Cembureau’s approach towards climate change regulation and, in particular, its position on CO2 benchmarking for phase 3 of the EU Emissions Trading System.
Holcim sincerely hopes that this situation, which is unprecedented in Cembureau’s history, will initiate a process of reflection and ultimately change its course. Until then, Holcim does not feel able to continue in a leadership position within Cembureau. However, Holcim is willing to continue to participate in the other Cembureau activities.
Apart from this, Holcim continues its efforts in the climate protection task force of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The pro-active climate-related initiatives of the CSI – probably unmatched by any other industry sector world-wide – have significantly contributed to the Sustainable Development awareness and reputation of the cement industry.