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Electrical Equipment - ELECTRA, tackling climate change with a strong European electrical industry.

The targets against climate change are set, but how to get there?

Europe’s electrical engineering industry is the enabling sector to provide advanced technology solutions for less CO2 emissions, more energy efficiency and more use of environmental friendly energy sources.

Steady Innovation and more R&D investment are key to exploit this enormous potential.


The ELECTRA Communication

The European Commission adopted the “ELECTRA Communication” by 29th October 2009, responding to the recommendations of the 2008 ELECTRA Report (see below) issued by a team of industrial experts and connecting them with ongoing and planned EU policies. It also takes account of the European Economic Recovery Plan.

The electrical industry is a key actor in providing solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s pressing issues: a reliable energy supply, green transportation, energy efficient installations and buildings, a smart industrial production etc. The “ELECTRA” Communication identifies the areas to which this industry can significantly contribute while at the same time maintaining and improving its competitiveness, especially in times of recession.

Europe’s electrical engineering industry stands for approximately 200.000 mostly small and medium sized companies and a high degree of innovation. The “ELECTRA” Communication focuses on areas with growth potential to which the EEI can significantly contribute:

  1. energy supply infrastructure
  2. energy efficiency of buildings and transport networks
  3. industrial production
  4. smart technologies to suit existing and future societal needs.

It lists actions to be taken by all stakeholders to ensure sustainability and competitiveness. The full implementation of these measures should encourage long-term investment in energy infrastructure and ensure high-skilled human capital, thus reinforcing the EU’s technological base.

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The ELECTRA Report

The ELECTRA Report was a joint initiative by the EU's electrical and electronic engineering industry and the European Commission.

It aims at addressing the EU's policy objectives on climate change and the creation of more growth and better jobs, whilst proving that the electrical and electronic engineering industry in Europe is strong, vibrant and innovative.

ELECTRA represents one of Europe's most important manufacturing sectors. Its scope covers a broad range of electrical and electronic products, as well as equipment and systems. Electrical and electronic engineering in the EU amounted in 2006 to a turnover of nearly 320 billion Euro annually and an employment of some 2,8 million people in more than 18 000 companies.

The ELECTRA Report was prepared as follow-up to, among others, the Communication from the Commission "Implementing the Community Lisbon programme: A policy framework to strengthen EU manufacturing - towards a more integrated approach for Industrial Policy" - COM(2005) 474 final, 5.10.2005. The Communication identified the electrical and electronics engineering industry as an important sector in manufacturing which merits a policy dialogue analyzing strengths and weaknesses and anticipating how new opportunities can be exploited for the benefit of industry and society.

The Report was written by a team of experts from the electrical and electronics engineering industry, Cenelec and the European Commission under the chairmanship of Prof. Edward G. Krubasik, former President of Orgalime, and Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the European Commission. Staff of the Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General of the European Commission participated in the work, but the Report does not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of the European Commission.

The Report is comprehensive in analysing three key areas that require the full and urgent attention of policy makers, industry, stakeholders and the general public: improving energy efficiency, creating and supporting future growth markets and designing a regulatory framework that is both efficient and effective. A strong synergy between these areas exists and ELECTRA is an effort to exploit this synergy in the best possible way.

The ELECTRA Report contains serious and detailed recommendations for each of these key areas. These recommendations are addressed to different stakeholders who will need to interpret and implement them in their specific context. There is considerable potential in mobilising investment in the key customer markets of the ELECTRA industry and move to a new era of dynamic growth.

It is now up to all of us to reflect on the findings of Electra and move to operational conclusions. The challenges may be impressive, but, indeed, we can do it!


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