Sustainability and decarbonisation: how can the EU’s industrial coverage 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 at the EU’s roadmap for industrial help.
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 trade to deliver on the most important challenges faced by our economies and societies in Europe. Free is especially the case in relation to sustainability, digital transformation, and international competitiveness, as properly as the need to overcome the crisis provoked by the Covid-19 pandemic. The EU Recovery and Resilience Plan launched in Spring 2021 is largely constructing on the capability 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 always assist the freedom and adaptability needed for firms to grow and compete globally.
The European know-how industries, and specifically our pumps, compressors, taps and valves sectors, have for a protracted time thought-about the enhancement of their global competitiveness throughout the challenges of societal and environmental challenges, notably by contributing to the preparation of energy effectivity and ecolabel regulations. In parallel, digitalisation has offered increased alternatives and brought new challenges, together with debates on the appropriate regulatory level (sharing of commercial data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, etc).
These developments, amidst ever extra fierce international competition, require that public authorities and business in the EU work increasingly extra carefully to design and deploy strategies 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 bring collectively key policy makers from the three EU policy establishments in command of the Industrial Strategy and three Executives representing and illustrating the achievements enjoyed, and challenges still faced, by these three key sectors of industry.
Specific Technical and Policy Issues
As the regulatory landscape across Europe, and certainly the whole world, becomes ever extra advanced, the burden on trade only will increase. It therefore falls to sector particular trade organisations, corresponding to Europump, CEIR and Pneurop, to identify and advise on these technical and policy points most relevant to their respective sectors. In our particular enviornment, that relates, in fact, to the manufacture, distribution and use of pumps and all pump related tools – an enormous and necessary subset of business, given the width and breadth of pump purposes.
Against this backdrop, one of the major considerations when figuring out the core themes for the joint convention was to hold up a direct reference to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Within this focus, the three associations intend to focus on how, along with the importance for corporations to handle technical aspects impacting their every day enterprise operations, they contemplate the positive function of business in addressing societal challenges. Indeed, all the classes will have a technical theme matching essentially the most appropriate UN SDG, and with illustration from the European Commission along with technical consultants from business and/or research institutes, they will each be reflective of the current legislative terrain, because it relates 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)
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