ITRE Action Plan

Motion for an Action Plan by the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

The power to change: The deepening climate crisis has provoked an ambitious commitment to a European Green Deal and a sustainable energy transition across all aspects of the European economy. The role of climate-neutral industrial production and goods transport is crucial for achieving these targets: Electrification alone will not cover the rising demand for clean energy in industry, and no single alternative has yet emerged to replace fossil fuels. How should the EU empower the research and adoption of new digital and energy-efficient technologies to enable a climate-neutral future for European industry?

Submitted by: Roemer Declercq (NL), Johanna van Dujin (NL), Yusuf Khalid (NL), Lucas Röing (SE), Carlos Saraiva (PT), Klára Vísnerová (CZ), Julia Waligóra (PL); Viktor Salenius (Chairperson, FI)

Context

Existing European energy supplies do not meet the rising energy demand, and the continued dependence on fossil fuels is causing significant climate damage and pollution. Industry stakeholders in Europe have an unclear vision of how to transition to green energy and what steps to take to substitute existing processes and value chains for zero-emission alternatives. Conflicting interests between sustainability and economic profit in industrial production continue to hinder progress towards a green industry transition.

The European Youth Parliament recommends taking the following actions on the

Individual and local level

  1. Calls upon local and regional authorities to introduce green industry transition processes to students and citizens through interactive activities that engage communities by:
    1. arranging to pick up litter in parks, and that;
    2. incentivising participants through a reward points scheme in collaboration with local industry;

National level

  1. Strongly encourages Member States and international corporations based in Europe to align with the aims and funding criteria of the European Green Deal (EGD), by way of banning the construction of new fossil-fuel power plants after the end of the year 2021;

European level

  1. Recommends the European Commission to urgently earmark subsidies within the LIFE Programme for the Environment and Climate Change to support expenses incurred by companies that transition to sustainable energy production and consumption;
  2. Calls upon the European Commission to urgently make more accessible the application process for funding under Horizon Europe for companies transitioning to carbon neutrality, including within the Just Transition Fund;
  3. Invites the European Commission to establish an incentive and reward structure based on environmental performance and improvement of companies in alignment with the EGD;
  4. Expects the European Innovation Council by the end of 2022 to host digital training and workshops related to the green industry transition, geared towards:
    1. providing reskilling opportunities for workers whose tasks are being displaced by the transition to green industry,
    2. planning and presenting accessible and concrete strategies to companies struggling to navigate the green industry transition;
  5. Urges the European Innovation Council to:
    1. rejuvenate targeted research on how to source, transition, and adapt to the most efficient sustainable energy resources for industry,
    2. introduce tailored designs for completing the green energy transition within industry, energy, and transport companies;
  6. Requests the European Commission to drive ambitious Member State action against pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by adapting the already existing air pollution limits to each Member States’ capability, and by continuously tracking progress in reducing the volume of used EU tradable emissions permits.

Main aims

The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) takes steps to facilitate a full green transition of all areas of the industrial value chain to benefit the economy and ecological environment. There is a need to change mindsets and highlight the urgency of enabling a green industry and energy transition, both among individuals and corporations. Providers and consumers of green energy need to be supported through increased subsidies. EU institutions also need to reignite a wide discussion on research into sustainable technologies and introduce a clear and concrete design for the green transition that companies can follow.