SWEDEN. Sweden risks an extensive construction halt. Already in November 2021, three out of four new homes cannot be built. Also, major infrastructure projects are stopped or delayed. Up to 400,000 jobs are threatened in a population of only 10 million people. The construction industry suffers severely.
The loss of investment is estimated at more than USD 1,15 billion per month, according to an impact assessment made by The Swedish Construction Federation in connection with the Land and Environmental Court’s decision to reject Cementa’s application for a renewed permit to mine limestone in the existing quarries on the Swedish island Gotland.
The company Cementa is part of the HeidelbergCement Group, the world’s third-largest producer of cement and building material.
The Supreme Land and Environmental Court’s decision to reject Cementa’s application for a renewed permit to mine limestone in the existing quarries in Slite on Gotland is at the center of the drama. Cement shortage leads to extensive construction stoppages.
“The situation is dire. Sweden is facing an extensive construction halt. The cement shortage will have extensive consequences for the Swedish economy and employment,” says Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, CEO of The Swedish Construction Federation.
“Cement from Slite, Gotland accounts for such a large share of what is used in the production of the construction industry. There are no reasonable alternatives to it today”, according to Malin Löfsjögård, CEO of The Swedish Concrete Association.
Last week, several leading construction companies in Sweden requested a joint meeting with the Minister of Trade and Industry.
The production in Slite (Gotland) today accounts for about 75 percent of the cement used in Sweden. The current mining permit expires on October 31, 2021. Already in November, the cement will run out in Sweden, The Swedish Concrete Association writes in a press release.
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