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 help.
Vanni Vignoli, president of Europump.
Following its bulletins of 5 May 2021 updating the New Industrial Strategy proposed in 2020, the European Commission has additional indicated that it’ll rely quite heavily on industry to deliver on the most important challenges confronted by our economies and societies in Europe. This is especially the case in relation to sustainability, digital transformation, and international competitiveness, in addition to the need to overcome the disaster provoked by the Covid-19 pandemic. Greatest and Resilience Plan launched in Spring 2021 is basically constructing on the aptitude of European business to design and produce the building blocks of the twin green and digital transition. At the identical time, the EU is shaping a dense regulatory framework that doesn’t at all times help the freedom and suppleness wanted for corporations to develop and compete globally.
The European technology industries, and specifically our pumps, compressors, faucets and valves sectors, have for a very long time thought of the enhancement of their world competitiveness throughout the challenges of societal and environmental challenges, notably by contributing to the preparation of power effectivity and ecolabel laws. In parallel, digitalisation has offered increased alternatives and introduced new challenges, including debates on the suitable regulatory degree (sharing of commercial information, synthetic intelligence, cybersecurity, etc).
These developments, amidst ever more fierce international competitors, require that public authorities and trade within the EU work more and more more intently to design and deploy methods that reinforce our competitiveness and our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This would be the subject of the preliminary debate kicking off our Joint EU Policy Conference, which can deliver together key policy makers from the three EU policy institutions in management of the Industrial Strategy and three Executives representing and illustrating the achievements loved, and challenges still faced, by these three key sectors of business.
Specific Technical and Policy Issues
As the regulatory landscape across Europe, and indeed the entire world, turns into ever more complex, the burden on trade only will increase. It due to this fact falls to sector specific trade organisations, corresponding to Europump, CEIR and Pneurop, to establish and advise on these technical and coverage points most related to their respective sectors. In our explicit arena, that relates, in fact, to the manufacture, distribution and use of pumps and all pump associated gear – an enormous and necessary subset of trade, given the width and breadth of pump purposes.
Against this backdrop, one of the main considerations 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 spotlight how, together with the significance for corporations to address technical aspects impacting their day by day enterprise operations, they contemplate the positive function of industry in addressing societal challenges. Indeed, all of the periods may have a technical theme matching essentially the most acceptable UN SDG, and with illustration from the European Commission along with technical consultants from trade and/or research institutes, they’ll every be reflective of the present legislative terrain, because it pertains to pumps and pumping systems 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)
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