The recipe to make Europe “Fit for 55”

With the Fit for 55 Package, the European Commission has presented today a complete overhaul of EU energy and climate legislation to support the European Union’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

With the Fit for 55 Package, the European Commission has presented today a complete overhaul of EU energy and climate legislation to support the European Union’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

The proposed changes are set to have a major impact on national policies as well as economic actors and citizens across Europe. “As a sector, we strongly support the ultimate objective of the Package,” commented Paolo Falcioni, APPLiA Director General. “Over the years, the home appliance industry has been working to provide increasingly higher efficient appliances, actively contributing to fostering more sustainable production and consumption patterns,” he explained. Pioneer in Energy Efficiency policies with the  Ecodesign and Energy Labelling measures, the sector leads the way as a paradigm of sustainability, driving innovation and competition in Europe. 

Energy efficiency and renewable energy go hand in hand to ensure Europe reaches its ultimate climate neutrality goal. To this extent, APPLiA called in a joint industry paper for the recognition of heating and cooling decarbonisation in buildings as a priority. Indeed, “delivering on the targets underpins a coherent policy framework to support implementation across sectors and ultimately deploy more integrated and inclusive solutions for all,” continued Mr Falcioni. 

The role of financing to meet this aim is key and critical to prioritise too. “Empowering consumers at all levels is core to ensuring no one is left behind.”

One of the cornerstones of the Package is the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), a proposal to impose a tax on carbon emitted by some materials coming into the EU. APPLiA has previously commented on the initiative in this video, explaining why the problem of carbon leakage as addressed in the proposal would put the competitiveness of the European manufacturing industry of finished goods at stake. “CBAM should work as a safeguard to all European industries and prevent carbon leakage of all industry sectors,” stressed Mr Falcioni, outlining the paramount importance of a multilateral dialogue with big economies like China and the U.S., to ultimately achieve climate targets while preserving competitiveness of all parts of EU industries.

As a key actor in the transition, the home appliance industry calls for a coherent and inclusive EU policy framework that works for its citizens, pursues higher degrees of sustainability, while preserving the Single Market, promoting industrial competition and freedom to innovate.