Orgalim welcomes proposed EU plan for net zero industry

18 January 2023

At the World Economic Forum yesterday...

At the World Economic Forum yesterday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen unveiled a Green Deal Industrial Plan "to make Europe the home of clean tech and industrial innovation on the road to net zero." The plan includes a Net Zero Industry Act setting out clear goals for European clean tech by 2030.

In her address, the Commission President said the coming decades "will see the greatest industrial transformation of our times – maybe of any times," and stressed the need to "keep investing in strengthening our industrial base and making Europe more investment- and innovation-friendly."

Orgalim welcomes the proposed Green Deal Industrial Plan and its focus on manufacturing and clean tech. "Europe's technology industries are global leaders in many of the renewable energy, electrification and advanced manufacturing technologies needed to deliver on the Plan’s ambitions," said Malte Lohan, Orgalim's Director General. Crucially, he added, the Plan must include the technologies required to drive energy and resource efficiency, which provide a faster and cheaper route to net zero than renewables deployment alone, and which will catalyse new growth across multiple manufacturing sectors.

  Europe's technology industries are global leaders in many of the renewable energy, electrification and advanced manufacturing technologies needed to deliver on the Green Deal Industrial Plan’s ambitions." 

Malte Lohan

The ambition set out in the Industrial Plan to advance Europe’s trade agreements reflects a long-standing priority for Europe’s technology industries, with their complex and globally integrated supply chains. We also welcome the emphasis placed on increasing finance and investment in clean technologies, which must start with improving conditions for the long-term competitiveness of manufacturing in Europe. State aid has a clear role to play, but must be used wisely given the risks of causing serious distortions to the Single Market. The priority focus should be not on spending more, but on spending the available funds better and faster.

Across the different areas of the new Industrial Plan, Orgalim will continue to contribute actively to policies that will accelerate the uptake of clean and advanced manufacturing technologies in Europe.

You can find the speech in full here.

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