SolarPower Europe and the European Association for Electrical Contractors (AIE) announce new cooperation agreement to power Europe's energy futureSolarPower Europe and the European Association for Electrical Contractors (AIE) are thrilled to announce the beginning of a new cooperation between the two trade associations. This new cooperation will strengthen the links between the solar industry and electrical installers, which will overall enhance both associations and pave the way to a clean and secure energy future for Europe.
AIE co-signed on 22nd of February a common position letter on the PEF revision and the need to update the PEF to 2.0. We are a group of companies and associations that are committed to EUs goal of decarbonising the European energy system. We are in this context concerned that the review of the primary energy factor for electricity constitutes a barrier to these objectives. Some of the signatories had also published a joint statement on PEF in 2017.
Being an electrician, heating installer or plumber... In the past, these were completely different professions, but due to new technologies, they are increasingly growing closer together. Install Day, the trade fair for professionals from the Belgian installation sector has therefore been set up by driving forces FEDELEC (AIE member) and ICS (HVAC), both professional installation associations, together with the ‘Confederation Building’ association. Defending the interests of more than 3,000 independents, SMEs and large companies in the sector, they bring together the entire installation sector in one day.
The Commission proposes new targets for the EU fleet wide average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars and vans to help accelerate the transition to low- and zero emission vehicles. On 8 November last, the Commission took a decisive step forward in implementing the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement for a binding domestic CO2 reduction of at least 40% till 2030. Both for new cars and vans, the average CO2 emissions will have to be 30% lower in 2030, compared to 2021. At the same time as the international climate conference takes place in Bonn, the Commission is showing that the EU is leading by example.
Renewables will make up two-thirds of global investments in new power plants by 2040, as rapidly dropping costs for clean energy technologies make them the cheapest source of generation for many countries, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) World Energy Outlook released today, 14 November 2017.
Small is beautiful: Don’t burden small businesses and consumers, empower them to boost the energy transition!
Together with other trade associations representing key players in Europe’s energy transition, AIE urges policy makers to take a step-wise approach towards the market integration of small-scale renewable and high efficiency cogeneration installations.
In 2016 Cedefop [European Centre for development of Vocational training] launched its first ever opinion survey aimed at investigating EU citizens’ opinions on vocational education and training. AIE supports the fact that VET can play a strategic role in providing the EU with a workforce ready for the challenges lying ahead. Improving and maintaining high-level workforce skills and competences is essential to ensuring that Europe remains competitive and innovative against increasing global competition, fast-changing labour-market needs and demographic challenges.
On Tuesday 6th of June, 15 industry associations amongst which the AIE, addressed an open letter to members of the European Parliament and officials in the EU Member States in which they sup