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.
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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.
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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:
- Stimulating and coordinating civil and building works deployment notably with regard to the final access to the home;
- Ensure using existing rights of ways and infrastructures whenever possible to reduce environmental impact and cost;
- Systematically installing future proof infrastructure which can be easily upgraded, easily maintained and easily expanded
- 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.
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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.
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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
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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