Sustainability and decarbonisation: how can the EU’s industrial policy help industry’s efforts?

Ahead of its Annual Meeting and Joint Conference with CEIR and Pneurop in Brussels this May, Europump president Vanni Vignoli looks at the EU’s roadmap for industrial assist.
Vanni Vignoli, president of Europump.
Following its announcements of 5 May 2021 updating the New Industrial Strategy proposed in 2020, the European Commission has further indicated that it will rely fairly closely on business to ship on the main challenges faced by our economies and societies in Europe. This is particularly the case in relation to sustainability, digital transformation, and global competitiveness, as well as the want to overcome the disaster provoked by the Covid-19 pandemic. Improved and Resilience Plan launched in Spring 2021 is essentially building on the capability of European business to design and produce the building blocks of the dual green and digital transition. At the identical time, the EU is shaping a dense regulatory framework that doesn’t at all times assist the freedom and adaptability wanted for firms to develop and compete globally.
The European technology industries, and specifically our pumps, compressors, taps and valves sectors, have for a long time thought-about the enhancement of their international competitiveness within the challenges of societal and environmental challenges, notably by contributing to the preparation of energy efficiency and ecolabel rules. In parallel, digitalisation has offered increased alternatives and brought new challenges, together with debates on the suitable regulatory degree (sharing of business information, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, etc).
These developments, amidst ever more fierce worldwide competition, require that public authorities and trade within the EU work increasingly extra intently to design and deploy strategies that reinforce our competitiveness and our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Minutes would be the topic of the initial debate kicking off our Joint EU Policy Conference, which is in a position to bring together key policy makers from the three EU coverage establishments in command of the Industrial Strategy and three Executives representing and illustrating the achievements loved, and challenges nonetheless faced, by these three key sectors of industry.
Specific Technical and Policy Issues
As the regulatory landscape throughout Europe, and certainly the whole world, turns into ever extra complicated, the burden on trade solely increases. It due to this fact falls to sector specific trade organisations, corresponding to Europump, CEIR and Pneurop, to establish and advise on those technical and coverage points most relevant to their respective sectors. In our particular arena, that relates, after all, to the manufacture, distribution and use of pumps and all pump associated equipment – a huge and important subset of business, given the width and breadth of pump purposes.
Against this backdrop, one of the primary issues when determining the core themes for the joint convention was to maintain a direct reference to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Within this focus, the three associations intend to highlight how, together with the importance for companies to address technical features impacting their daily business operations, they think about the optimistic function of trade in addressing societal challenges. Indeed, all the classes may have a technical theme matching the most acceptable UN SDG, and with illustration from the European Commission along with technical consultants from business and/or analysis institutes, they’ll every be reflective of the present legislative terrain, as it pertains to pumps and pumping methods in the following key areas:
Circular Economy & Eco-design (Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goal no. 12: Responsible Consumption and Production)
Industry’s Digital Transformation and Innovation (Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goal no. 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure)
The restriction of use of supplies and substances of concern (Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goal no. 6: Clean Water and Sanitation)
The regulatory and legislative panorama across Europe is changing into increasingly complicated, and industry, in all its guises, must be conscious and prepared for what’s coming. By engaging with these trade organisations that characterize your finest pursuits, you probably can hold abreast of all of the compliance developments as they affect your small business and the areas in which you operate.
Europump’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Joint Conference will take place in Brussels on 9–11 May 2022 on the NH Collection Grand Sablon, Rue Bodenbroek – Bodenbroekstraat, 2, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium.
The full programme and registration course of can be found right here.
Europump is the European Association of Pump Manufacturers. Established in 1960, it represents 16 National Associations. Europump members symbolize more than 450 corporations with a collective manufacturing value of greater than €10 billion and an employee base of a hundred 000 people across Europe.
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