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

Ahead of its Annual Meeting and Joint Conference with CEIR and Pneurop in Brussels this May, Europump president Vanni Vignoli looks on the EU’s roadmap for industrial assist.
Vanni Vignoli, president of Europump.
Following Painless of 5 May 2021 updating the New Industrial Strategy proposed in 2020, the European Commission has further indicated that it is going to rely quite heavily on trade to deliver on the most important challenges faced by our economies and societies in Europe. This is particularly the case in relation to sustainability, digital transformation, and international competitiveness, as properly as the necessity to overcome the crisis provoked by the Covid-19 pandemic. The EU Recovery and Resilience Plan launched in Spring 2021 is essentially building on the aptitude of European business to design and produce the constructing blocks of the dual green and digital transition. At the identical time, the EU is shaping a dense regulatory framework that does not all the time support the liberty and suppleness needed for firms to grow and compete globally.
The European technology industries, and particularly our pumps, compressors, faucets and valves sectors, have for a really 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 laws. In parallel, digitalisation has offered increased alternatives and brought new challenges, including debates on the appropriate regulatory stage (sharing of business information, synthetic intelligence, cybersecurity, etc).
These developments, amidst ever extra fierce worldwide competition, require that public authorities and trade in the EU work more and more extra intently to design and deploy strategies that reinforce our competitiveness and our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This would be the topic of the initial debate kicking off our Joint EU Policy Conference, which will deliver collectively key policy makers from the three EU coverage establishments in control of the Industrial Strategy and three Executives representing and illustrating the achievements enjoyed, and challenges nonetheless faced, by these three key sectors of trade.
Specific Technical and Policy Issues
As the regulatory landscape across Europe, and indeed the whole world, becomes ever extra complex, the burden on trade only will increase. It subsequently falls to sector specific commerce organisations, such as Europump, CEIR and Pneurop, to determine and advise on those technical and policy points most relevant to their respective sectors. In our explicit area, that relates, in fact, to the manufacture, distribution and use of pumps and all pump related equipment – an enormous and essential subset of industry, given the width and breadth of pump functions.
Against this backdrop, one of many primary concerns when figuring out the core themes for the joint conference was to take care of a direct reference to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Within this focus, the three associations intend to focus on how, together with the significance for firms to deal with technical elements impacting their day by day business operations, they contemplate the positive position of business in addressing societal challenges. Indeed, all of the periods could have a technical theme matching probably the most applicable UN SDG, and with representation from the European Commission along with technical experts from business and/or analysis institutes, they will each be reflective of the current legislative terrain, because 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 materials and substances of concern (Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goal no. 6: Clean Water and Sanitation)
The regulatory and legislative landscape throughout Europe is becoming increasingly complicated, and industry, in all its guises, must be aware and ready for what’s coming. By partaking with these commerce organisations that represent your best interests, you presumably can maintain abreast of all of the compliance developments as they have an result on your corporation and the areas during which you use.
Europump’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Joint Conference will happen in Brussels on 9–11 May 2022 at the NH Collection Grand Sablon, Rue Bodenbroek – Bodenbroekstraat, 2, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium.
The full programme and registration process are available here.
Europump is the European Association of Pump Manufacturers. Established in 1960, it represents 16 National Associations. Europump members represent greater than 450 companies with a collective manufacturing worth of more than €10 billion and an worker base of one hundred 000 folks throughout Europe.
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