Europacable committed to making interconnection target a reliable, affordable and acceptable reality in Europe

Europacable, the voice of the leading wire and cable manufacturers in Europe, welcomes the adoption of a 15% interconnection target to leverage the benefits stemming from a fully integrated European Energy Market.

This said, across Europe today, the lack of public acceptance towards new power lines increasingly causes delays in project completion. Ever more, the Europacable Concept of Partial Undergrounding will become the key solution to making interconnection projects a timely, reliable, affordable and acceptable reality in Europe.

On 23 October, heads of states and governments agreed to take urgent measures in order to ensure the achievement of a minimum interconnection target of 10% by 2020 and an interconnection target of 15% by 2030. Progress towards achieving this target is to be monitored and reported annually. The delivery is to be attained via the implementation of the Projects of Common Interest (PCI).

Click here to read the Europacable Communication on Infrastructure Targets.


Europacable Communication on WEEE2 implementation

In order to provide guidance on potential producer responsibilities for cable manufacturers stemming from the WEEE 2 Directive and the related 2012 FAQ document, Europacable ECOE has published a Communication “WEEE 2 Directive and Cables” and Information Sheet.

With these documents, Europacable seeks to provide guidance on the implementation of the WEEE 2 Directive and to help answer the question, which cables are covered by the Directive and which are not.

Although most cable applications will not be covered by WEEE 2, for some applications certain types of cables are considered to be in the scope of WEEE 2. In these cases, cable manufacturers may have to comply with producer responsibilities. 

Please click here to access the Europacable Communication on Cables and WEEE2

Please click here to access the Europacable Information Sheet on Cables and WEEE2


Europacable Communication on Cables and RoHS

With this communication, Europacable seeks to address current confusion concerning the scope of the RoHS Directive related to `cables´.

Europacable emphasizes that ´cables´ are included in the scope of RoHS depending on the rated voltage and their final application.

Europacable firmly believes that ´cables´ in the scope of RoHS should be compliant either at the due date of the EEE category they fall in, or in 2019 if not dedicated to any EEE specific category.

Please click here to read the Europacable Communication on Cables and RoHS.



Europacable contribution to the public consultation regarding ADCA in the draft recommendation of substances for inclusion in Annex XIV REACH

Europacable welcomes the opportunity to participate in this consultation by the European Chemicals Agency ECHA.

Azodicarbonamide (ADCA) is used in the manufacturing processes for some cables, which demand specific, high protective insulation. Europacable is aware that ADCA was recently identified as a Substance of Very High Concern (SHVC) and is under consultation for inclusion in the Annex XIV (substances subject to authorization).

Europacable is concerned that having discussed the issue with suppliers of ADCA there are currently no substitute products available to replace ADCA and in the event that the use of this substance is restricted it will have serious implications on the future availability of Power, Telecommunication and Data cables produced in Europe.

Therefore, Europacable would like to urge ECHA not to include ADCA in the upcoming recommendations of substances that should be subject to authorisation.

Click here to read the Europacable input to the stakeholder consultation.


Europacable comments on the Revision of the 2012 – 2014 Working Plan under the EcoDesign Directive (2009/125/EC)

Europacable believes that the inclusion of ‘power cables’ in the recently adopted priority listof the 2012-2014 Working Plan under the EcoDesign Directive is based on incomplete and incorrect information.

While we strongly support Europe’s ambition to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency, we take the view that low voltage power cables installed in buildings only offer a marginal contribution to achieving the overall objectives.

Europacable therefore calls for a revision of the data provided for the Study for the Amended EcoDesign Working Plan by involving key stakeholders and collecting additional environmental and economic impact information for a balanced decision.

Please click here to read our comments on the Revision of the 2012 – 2014 Working Plan under the EcoDesign Directive (2009/125/EC)


Europacable Position Paper on RoHS2 FAQ Guidance Document

Europacable calls for the consistent application of Article 3(5) of the RoHS Directive to the current review of the Commission’s RoHS2 FAQ Guidance Document. Europacable also insists that RoHS compliance requirements for regulated substances will be implemented with as little administrative burden as possible to ensure continued competitiveness of European cable manufacturers. 

Europacable welcomes the Commission’s and Member States’ commitment to work towards a common understanding of the RoHS2 Directive through the recently established RoHS 2-Guidance-FAQ Working Group. This will ensure a consistent and clear transposition and avoid any confusion among Member States and industry.

This said, Europacable is concerned with two recent developments in the discussion of the draft FAQ Guidance Document, as we feel that several explanations about “cables” in RoHS2 do not qualify for coherent advice to Member States and industry. The explanations given rather create confusion than facilitate a harmonized and consistent implementation of the RoHS2 Directive. We are also concerned that the compliance requirements may place an unduly administrative burden on European manufacturers.

Click here to read the Europacable Position Paper on RoHS 2 FAQ.


Europacable Contribution to Public Consultation on an ‘EU Initiative to Reduce the Cost of Rolling out High Speed Communication Infrastructure in Europe’

Europacable welcomes the opportunity to offer its contribution to this consultation. We take the view that reducing the installation costs of high speed communication infrastructures in Europe will be crucial to ensure Europe’s competitiveness in the 21st century, will generate socio-economic as well as environmental benefits and last but not least will secure and create employment in a future oriented sector.

We stress that the cost of high quality fibre optical cables represent only a marginal part of the total cost of deployment. We also would like to highlight, that it is the final access to home that entails the highest installation costs.

Europacable believes that the core objective for reducing the cost of high speed communication infrastructure should be to make Europe’s digital networks “future proof”.

With this we mean:

  1. Stimulating and coordinating civil and building works deployment notably with regard to the final access to the home;
  2. Ensure using existing rights of ways and infrastructures whenever possible to reduce environmental impact and cost;
  3. Systematically installing future proof infrastructure which can be easily upgraded, easily maintained and easily expanded
  4. Deploying only high quality fibre technology that will provide reliable service for decades;

The European wire and cable industry is committed to support this development through sustained R&D investments and the production of high speed communication cables in Europe.

Click here to access our contribution to the public consultation.


Europacable comments to public consultation of German Network Development Plan NEP

Europacable welcomes the opportunity to participate in this important process and has submitted its comments on the German ‘Netzentwicklungsplan’ (NEP) on 5 July. Europacable agrees that it is not in the scope of the 2012 NEP to discuss in which areas partial undergrounding complementing overhead lines may be deployed but we have provided some clarifying comments on technical aspects.

To facilitate access to more detailed information, we propose to reference the Joint Paper on partial undergrounding published by ENTSO-E and Europacable under the guidance of the European Commission in January 2011. The findings of this publication should also be reflected in the FAQ on the NEP website.

Click here to read the Europacable submission.


Europacable comments on ENTSO-E 2012 TYNDP

Increasing urgency to minimize delays in infrastructure deployment require technology neutral permitting procedures and creation of enforceable criteria defining the use of partial undergrounding of transmission projects

Click here to read the Europacable Communication.


EWEA "Wind in our Sails" Report: European cable manufacturers commit to support large scale renewable deployments

The paper EWEA "Wind in our Sails" Report: European cable manufacturers commit to support large scale renewable deployments is available for download here


Manufacturing Capacity for Extra High Voltage Cables

The paper 2011 Manufacturing Capacity for Extra High Voltage Cables is available for download here


Release of Joint Paper

The Joint ENTSOe/Europacable Paper has been published on the Commission´s website. Read the Europacable communication.

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