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OUR KEY POLICY AREAS

The British Ceramic Confederation works on key policy areas for the UK ceramics industry: 

  • This helps companies comply with legislation and improve their performance 
  • We represent our members’ views to regulators and other stakeholders to ensure emerging legislation is practical and allows them to remain competitive. 

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Coronavirus

BCC continues to work closely with the sector, BEIS, the Treasury, CBI and other stakeholders to ensure manufacturers and their customers can access all support measures being developed and implemented during these challenging and unprecedented times.  

Political Update

BCC acts as secretariat for an All-Party Parliamentary Group, formed by a group of MPs with ceramic interests in their constituencies. 

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. 

Chemicals and REACH

REACH is the European Union’s regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals.

 As chemicals are integral to many ceramic manufacturing processes, REACH has significant implications for our industry and its supply chain. 

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.   

Energy

BCC campaigns for secure industrial energy supplies (gas and electricity) at internationally competitive prices – and a fair transition to a low carbon economy. We also work across the industry to help our members share good practice to identify, develop and implement economically viable energy efficiency measures and decarbonisation technologies.  

 

BCC also successfully led calls for the Government to introduce a full exemption from CCL for the energy used in mineralogical processes. The mineralogical process exemption, which came into effect in April 2014, benefits the majority of ceramic manufacturers. 

Health & Safety

The Ceramic Industry Health and Safety Pledge is an industrywide 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. 

Industry Reference Documents

A Product Definition is essentially the manufacturer’s own description of their product.

Consultation between the British steel industry and the Refractories Association of Great Britain has led to the development of a number of standard format layouts on which manufacturers can base their definitions. 

Innovation & Funding

BCC regularly produces an update including information on funding opportunities, events and news. Please click here to subscribe to our fortnightly newsletter. 

Charities Serving The Ceramic Sector

The Institute of Clayworkers is the oldest national organisation within the British ceramic industry.  It was founded in 1895 for the purpose of protecting the interests of clayworking generally and organising the social and business side of the industry.

Today, benevolence, welfare and education remain the Institute’s basic objects. The Institute has a legacy fund which is available to provide grants to current or former workers in the clay industries and it is the administration of this fund that is the major role of the Institute of Clayworkers today.