EU issues green vision for electrical engineering

Europe's electrical engineering sector can play a key role in meeting the EU's climate and energy objectives by improving energy efficiency in various industrial sectors, according to a recent policy paper from the European Commission.

The EU electrical engineering sector was worth €411bn in 2008, and produced electrical and electronic products ranging from simple consumer goods to industrial turbines and power stations.

The "Electra" communication published at the end of October spells out how the electrical engineering sector can boost its competitiveness and contribute to the EU's 2020 climate change goals. The paper follows a report published last year, which concluded that climate policies will be a key driver of future growth for the industry.

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