High-level discussion on Spain’s recovery plan

EU-ASE and the Grupo Español para el Crecimiento Verde hosted an event on Next Generation EU and Spain

On Thursday 22 April (10:00-12:15 CET) we organised, together with the Grupo Español para el Crecimiento Verde, a high-level discussion on the Spanish Recovery and Resilience plan.

The aim of the event was, on the one hand, to analyse in depth how the expectations of the Government and different areas of the Administration regarding the Next Generation EU funds fit with the capacities of the industry and the private sector. On the other hand, to learn in detail about the mechanisms that will be used to channel projects funding.

The webinar Plan de recuperación, resiliencia y sostenibilidad social y ambiental para salir de la crisis saw the participation of representatives of the Spanish government and regional and local authorities.

The event was held in Spanish (no translation provided).

Watch the recording of the event on our YouTube channel

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Considerations on the draft Recovery and Resilience Plans of Italy and Spain

The National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs) are a unique opportunity to boost the economy, safeguard and/or create good jobs and win the fight against climate change in the short and long term.

According to the available drafts, both Italy and Spain, two of the biggest beneficiaries of the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility, seem to be providing some positive signals for investors, consumers and other stakeholders by allocating significant financial means to boost energy efficient building renovations. 

Still, we believe there is room for improvements with regards to the coherence of the plans with the National Energy and Climate Plans and the higher EU climate ambition for 2030. This paper contains the recommendations of the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) on how to strengthen the energy efficiency component in both plans, as a driver for green recovery and resilience.

 

Considerations on Italy’s and Spain’s RRPs (English version)
Considerations on Italy’s RRP (Italian version)
Considerations on Spain’s RRP (Spanish version)

 

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EU-ASE at Next Generation Brescia (Italy)

On 15 December 2020 EU-ASE co-hosted Next Generation Brescia, an online event to discuss the opportunity to boost green economic recovery at local level in the framework of Next Generation EU and the Italian Recovery and Resilience Plan.

EU-ASE president Monica Frassoni moderated the first part of the event, which focused on European and national guidelines for the Italian recovery and resilience plan. The session featured high-level speakers from the European Commission and the Italian government, including Antonio Misiani, Vice-Minister of Economy and Finance, and Marco Buti, Head of cabinet of EU Commissioner for the Economy Paolo Gentiloni.

 

The recording of the webinar is available here (in Italian)
Read the article about the event (in Italian)

 

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EU-ASE at How Can We Govern Europe? (Italy)

On 3 December 2020 EU-ASE president Monica Frassoni participated in the 7th edition of How can we govern Europe?, the annual conference hosted by the Italian EU affairs media Eunews. This years’ edition was held as an online discussion.

In her intervention, Monica Frassoni discussed how to advance energy efficiency as a key tool to achieve climate neutrality both at European and national level, as well as how Italy can boost a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic through its Recovery and Resiliency Plan.

Speakers included representatives of the Italian government, the European Commission and the European Parliament.

 

The recording of the webinar is available here (in Italian)

 

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Higher EU emissions cut for 2030 is right signal for a green recovery

On Wednesday 16 September, during her State of the Union speech, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the plan to propose an increased GHG emissions reduction target of at least 55% by 2030 against 1990 levels.

The European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) welcomes this decision, which comes at a crucial time for implementing the Paris Agreement and contributes to keeping the EU on the path to become climate neutral by 2050.

Monica Frassoni, President of the European Alliance to Save Energy, said:

“We very much welcome the proposal for an updated GHG emissions reduction target of at least 55% by 2030. This is the right signal in favour of a green recovery. We now expect that this move is quickly followed by the decision to adapt and make binding the targets for energy efficiency and review the EED. Energy efficiency needs to be more clearly recognized as a catalyst for the decarbonisation of our energy system.”

Harry Verhaar, Chair of the Board of the European Alliance to Save Energy, said:

“The Commission’s proposal to increase the climate target to 55% for 2030 is excellent news. Such a move is crucial in helping deliver the economic transformation required for building a prosperous, resilient and climate neutral economy and ensure that we are on track to reach Europe’s goal to become carbon-neutral by 2050 at the latest. From a business perspective this decision means: long term certainty to plan investments in growing markets, and an unprecedented boost to green, digital and high-skilled jobs relevant for Europe’s citizens and future.”

About EU-ASE

The European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) was established in December 2010 by some of Europe’s leading multinational companies. The Alliance creates a platform from which companies can ensure that the voice of energy efficiency is heard from across the business and political community. EU-ASE members have operations across the 27 Member States of the European Union, employ over 340.000 people in Europe and have an aggregated annual turnover of €115 billion.

Media contact:

Matteo Guidi
+32 493 37 21 42
matteo.guidi@euase.eu

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