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European Electrical Contractors’ Association becomes EuropeOn

AIE re-brands as EuropeOn

21 November 2019

EuropeOn, originally formed as “AIE” in 1954, is the European voice of the electrical contracting industry. With 1.8 million professionals in over 300.000 businesses and with a turnover of over EUR 200 billion, electrical contractors provide electrical installations for buildings and infrastructure, enabling cities and citizens to take part in the Energy Transition. ECA is a proud and active member of the body.

After 65 years as AIE, the European Electrical Contractors’ Association has changed its visual identity and is now called EuropeOn. The name EuropeOn was chosen to reflect our sector's vital contribution to virtually all areas of the European power- and digital-based economy and society.

EuropeOn is releasing its first political communications campaign on skills in the electro-technical sector. This initiative, entitled #Skills4Climate, is already endorsed by 10 European organisations from the electrical and construction industry. It calls on policy makers to support the strengthening of the skill base in our sector, enabling our companies to swiftly roll out the clean energy technologies needed to achieve carbon neutrality.

Luke Osborne, ECA’s energy and emerging technologies solutions advisor, gave a presentation at EuropeOn’s launch event yesterday in Brussels on the subject of electrical safety and how future technologies can help in this regard.

Luke Osborne, ECA’s energy and emerging technologies solutions advisor , commented: “The AIE re-brand is perfectly timed and echoes the ECA’s stance that in order to address the skills gap in the electrical industry, we should be showing the next generation, who are so very switched on and engaged in tackling climate change, that a career in the electrical sector enables them to be part of the solution. This is a very exciting time indeed to be an electrical contractor.”

Gérard Constantin, EuropeOn President – “Whether it is the energy transition or the digital transformation, our society is evolving quickly, and electrical contracting businesses are keeping up with the pace. Their work is at the nexus of digitalisation and decarbonisation, putting them at the centre of current regulatory plans for the future of Europe. Electrical contractors are taking on new responsibilities as our fossil way of life is called into question and as we lay the groundwork for a sustainable and carbon-free future for Europe. We decided to rebrand our association to match this new brand of electro-technical professionals.”

Giorgia Concas, EuropeOn Secretary General – “Electrification hinges on the availability of skilled electrical contractors, and the needed skills are continuously evolving. Climate and energy plans need to take the number and level of skill of the professionals involved in decarbonisation efforts into account if current targets are to be met. We therefore call on policy-makers, at EU and national level, to intertwine skills and climate policies, to foster public-private partnerships in setting up education programmes, and to incentivize technical education, re- and up- skilling, and apprenticeships.”

Kristian Ruby, Secretary General, Eurelectric - “Change starts with people. Moving on to carbon-neutrality, electricity companies need a broad set of new skills to accelerate the deployment of renewables, update distribution grids, digitalise and speed up the electrification of transport, housing and industry. Today, the skills gap is a real issue and Europe risks lacking hundreds of thousands of competent workers by 2030. It is crucial that Europe invests in ensuring the development of future-oriented skills and qualifications to deliver on its climate objectives.“

Eugenio Quintieri, EBC Secretary General - “EBC supports the #Skills4Climate campaign because the construction sector and its electrical trades are facing a shortage of qualified workforce in “green” skills. To achieve global climate objectives, greater support should be provided at national and EU level for learning opportunities in our sector: not only for the current professionals asked to demonstrate new capabilities in a fast-changing landscape, but also for the apprentices and potential newcomers wishing to develop in our businesses. We also lead the EU project “Construction Blueprint” in this direction, with the aim of improving the match between the needs of construction companies and the programmes offered by training centres as well as anticipating skills needs in the fields of digitalisation, circular economy and energy efficiency.”

Philippe Vangeel, AVERE Secretary General - “We support EuropeOn’s #skills4climate as training and re-skilling of technical professionals, namely the operators of charge points across Europe, will be key to support the mass uptake of electric vehicles across Europe. This will ensure the overall transition to zero emission transport.  Together with EuropeOn, AVERE calls on the EU to create more jobs and growth opportunities for the e-mobility sector by prioritising skills-related instruments in the upcoming European Green New Deal. This should be coupled with the leveraging of public-private partnerships to promote much needed knowledge and capacity building."

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