Sustainability and decarbonisation: how can the EU’s industrial coverage assist 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 support.
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 is going to rely quite heavily on trade to deliver on the main challenges faced by our economies and societies in Europe. This is particularly the case in relation to sustainability, digital transformation, and international competitiveness, in addition to 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 trade to design and produce the building blocks of the twin green and digital transition. At the same time, the EU is shaping a dense regulatory framework that does not always help the freedom and adaptability wanted for companies to grow and compete globally.
The European technology industries, and particularly our pumps, compressors, taps and valves sectors, have for a long time thought of the enhancement of their international 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 opportunities and introduced new challenges, together with debates on the appropriate regulatory stage (sharing of commercial information, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, etc).
These developments, amidst ever extra fierce worldwide competition, require that public authorities and business within the EU work increasingly more closely to design and deploy methods 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 can deliver collectively key policy makers from the three EU policy institutions in cost of the Industrial Strategy and three Executives representing and illustrating the achievements enjoyed, and challenges still faced, by these three key sectors of trade.
Specific Technical and Policy Issues
As the regulatory panorama throughout Europe, and indeed the whole world, becomes ever extra complicated, the burden on business solely increases. It due to this fact falls to sector specific trade organisations, such as Europump, CEIR and Pneurop, to establish and advise on those technical and coverage issues most relevant to their respective sectors. In Zany , that relates, in fact, to the manufacture, distribution and use of pumps and all pump related gear – a huge and necessary subset of trade, given the width and breadth of pump purposes.
Against this backdrop, one of many major considerations when figuring out the core themes for the joint convention was to keep up 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 firms to deal with technical aspects impacting their day by day enterprise operations, they consider the optimistic role of trade in addressing societal challenges. Indeed, all the classes could have a technical theme matching probably the most acceptable UN SDG, and with illustration from the European Commission together with technical consultants from trade and/or analysis institutes, they’ll each be reflective of the present legislative terrain, as it relates to pumps and pumping techniques in the following key areas:
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