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BCC is involved an All-Party Parliamentary Group, formed by a group of MPs with ceramic interests in their constituencies.
Energy & Emissions
The European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is a cap-and-trade scheme for the purpose of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from the EU’s power and industrial sectors.
BCC is recognised by Regulators as the lead in all negotiations affecting implementation of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) and Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) for the ceramic industry, and is a ceramic representative in regular discussions on Part A1, A2 and B authorised processes.
Economic Outlook and Trade
BCC campaigns on economic and industrial policy areas that will help grow and transform the UK ceramic industry. We want to see the UK become even more attractive for research, development and manufacturing.
A priority is the need to ensure adequate housing stock – a real social need in the UK – to meet the growing number of households. Access to finance and credit for businesses – based on objective assessment criteria is also important.
Health & Safety
The Ceramic Industry Health and Safety Pledge is an industry–wide commitment to engage in a process of continuous improvement in health and safety, which has been running for over 15 years.
The programme was set up as a direct response by the industry to the then Government’s challenge to industry as a whole to “revitalise” its health and safety performance.
Employment & Skills
BCC is committed to working with politicians and civil servants to maximise worker benefits of employment policy without causing detriment to the industry.
We engage with government organisations in Whitehall and, through Cerame-Unie, with those in Brussels. We also maintain an open dialogue with the main Trade Unions in the industry.
Land, Property & Minerals
Minerals, and clay in particular, are the basic raw material for all sectors of the industry. A secure long-term supply is essential. For the sectors which extract their own clay, supply is dependent on a favourable minerals planning regime both nationally and locally.
The interaction between planning law and environmental regulation governing minerals extraction is complex and subtle and the BCC negotiates with government and regulators to ensure legislation is proportionate to the industry’s impact.