Wednesday, 18 July 2012

A.SPIRE for Sustainable European Competitiveness

Today (July 18) saw the establishment of the legal entity that will manage and implement the proposed SPIRE Public-Private Partnership (PPP). The A.SPIRE AISBL was launched at a signing ceremony (picture below) at Cefic offices in Brussels.

"Today marks a very special day in the history of the European Process Industry and the overall European industrial scene," said Ed d'Hooghe, Executive Director A.SPIRE. "We believe that never before has such a large group of representatives from such a broad cross-section of industrial sectors formally organised themselves to participate in an innovation programme of the European Commission."

"The initiative signals the commitment and expectations that these sectors have for the SPIRE Public-Private Partnership to provide the innovations that will make Europe the most sustainable region in the world from social, ecological and economic perspectives," he continued. "A.SPIRE looks forward to welcome additional partners that wish to play an active role in re-shaping the European Process Industry landscape through innovation to once again be the most competitive region in the world."

A.SPIRE signatory party

Significant achievement
Commenting on this significant point in achieving the SPIRE initiative. SusChem Chairman Dr. Klaus Sommer said: "The process industry in Europe represents 20% of production, jobs and sales. The European Commission is setting up Horizon 2020 to give industry more room to shape the framework programme for the next seven years so that important issues that directly influence the competitiveness of Europe are focus areas of the programme. The process industry has used this opportunity and designed and promoted SPIRE. We have attracted very good support from stakeholders, national institutions, European Commission and the European Parliament."

"Today marks a significant milestone because we are formally implementing the structure that can carry us through the next 1+7 years. It is a very happy and proud moment to see the strong representation from industry, academia, and research and technology organisations. And as always with milestones we should use the opportunity to pause for a moment and celebrate what we achieved so far. We still have a lot of work in front of us but we are confident that through hard work and joint efforts we can reach our goal."

What is A.SPIRE?
A.SPIRE AISBL is an association formed to represent the private sector as a partner in a new Innovation Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to be launched as part of the Horizon2020 framework programme.

The Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE) PPP proposal has the objective of developing the enabling technologies and solutions along the value chain that are required to reach long term sustainability for Europe in terms of global competitiveness, ecology and employment.

A.SPIRE is an open association that represents more than 45 industrial and research process industry stakeholders from over a dozen countries spread throughout Europe. A.SPIRE was founded through the joint efforts of the chemical, steel, engineering, minerals, non-ferrous metals, cement, ceramics and water sectors.

To find out more about the SPIRE PPP initiative visit the SPIRE website.

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