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Demand for climate-friendly energy technologies is growing rapidly. Here, mechanical and plant engineering can expand its key position as a supplier and user of sustainable energy systems. However, this will only succeed if energy costs do not develop into a locational disadvantage and technology paths remain explicitly open through forward-looking legislation.

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Documents and recordings of the PFAS Info Day available

The PFAS Info Day on 2 September 2021 focused on the current European PFAS restriction project and how the mechanical and plant engineering sector might be affected.

The Power-to-X Story

Climate protection requires the worldwide introduction of new technologies for the conversion and storage of energy. P2X is the key technology and offers great opportunities for mechanical and plant engineering.

National Business and Human Rights Action Plan (NAP)

The German federal government examines the extent to which companies based in Germany comply with their human rights due diligence obligations. Decisions on further legal steps are dependent on this.

News from Brussels: new web seminar series started

Attention all those interested in Europe! With our new web seminar series "EU Bubble Talks - 30 minutes insights from Brussels" we take a look behind the scenes of European politics and take you with us.

All you need to know about Sustainability at a glance

With the interactive PDF poster "Sustainability Overview", the VDMA aims to provide an overview of the now very complex topic of Sustainability with the corresponding legal requirements for initial, operational implementation.

TSCA substance regulations may lead to an export ban for machinery and equipment to the US

Until now, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has not been a major issue for the European mechanical and plant engineering industry. With developments around the regulation of five PBTs, that has changed.

Protect essential knowledge and know-how

In future, the digital product passport is to include all important environmental and material data of a product along its entire life cycle. VDMA sees opportunities and challenges in this concept and calls for the involvement of the industry.

VDMA Web Infoday on "PFAS" on 2 September 2021

PFAS are perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl substances that are used in many applications in mechanical engineering and represent a group of substances with over 4,700 individual substances.

SVHC candidate list extended by eight substances to 219

The July 2021 extension imposes an immediate communication and notification obligation on article manufacturers and importers.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances - Consultation on possible restrictions

5 EU member states (including Germany) want to largely restrict the production, marketing and use of "per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances" (PFAS) in the EU.

Mechanical and plant engineering hardly considered in EU taxonomy

Access to sustainable finance could become more difficult for the machinery and equipment sector, despite its significant contribution to the green transformation.

News Sustainable Finance and EU Taxonomy

Three public consultations of the Sustainable Finance Platform and many more innovations in the EU taxonomy

New podcast: The path to climate-neutral production

Climate-neutral production is a core task for machine and plant manufacturers in the coming years. The technological know-how of mechanical engineering is needed to convert production facilities of all kinds and to meet the increasing requirements for energy efficiency and use of resources. The new episode of the VDMA Industry Podcast explains what companies will have to face in this context.

Sustainable finance strategy: EU Commission publishes package of measures

EU Commission adopts second package on sustainable finance - Mechanical engineering as supplier of green technologies not sufficiently considered in taxonomy.

Navigating through the extensive RoHS regulatory framework

The navigation aid looks at the material aspects of the RoHS Directive and in particular the exceptions relevant to mechanical engineering.

Climate targets need concrete concepts instead of summer break

There must be no summer recess when it comes to climate protection: Following the adoption of the German Climate Protection Act, SMEs in particular now need concrete statements from the parties during the election campaign on how they intend to put Germany on the climate path to Paris.

Significance of the mercury regulation for mechanical engineering

The factsheet summarizes different aspects of the "Mercury Regulation" and supports the assessment of company-specific obligations and product impacts according to the regulation.

The clock is ticking to set up a really good climate policy

The Climate Change Act builds extreme pressure for action by 2030 - which is required to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. But it still lacks a real decision-making framework that companies can use to plan their investments for the long term.

Up to 10 million euros: Subsidies for energy efficiency

Which subsidies are available for energy efficiency and what do I have to look out for when applying?

Application deadline for the German Innovation Award for Climate and Environment 2022 until 21 June 2021

The Federal Ministry for the Environment awards innovative climate and environmentally friendly processes, products and services as well as technology transfer solutions for emerging and developing countries with 175,000 euros. All companies, research institutions and individuals based in Germany can take part in the competition.

Don't misuse climate protection in the election campaign

With its climate protection law, the German government is campaigning for the elections by increasingly tightening the timetable. In doing so, it is deliberately concealing the high transformation efforts that will have to be made by citizens and companies.

How your company can also produce climate neutrally

Companies can reduce their climate footprint with their own climate strategy. There are already many ready-to-use tools, aids and measures. The VDMA guide also helps.

Future for the combustion engine?

The current study "Drivetrain in Transition" examines the future of mobility. It predicts that the combustion engine will lose much of its importance, but also considers an alternative scenario.

"Climate protection needs cooperation and innovation instead of pettiness and prohibitions".

Politicians and industry alike are called upon to set the course for more climate protection. There is a need for genuine global cooperation and an international greenhouse gas pricing system. Greenhouse gas reduction must be open to all technologies.

Material Compliance - Knowing and fulfilling manufacturer obligations

What are the manufacturer obligations in the area of material compliance and how can they be fulfilled?

Green production technologies are innovation drivers

By 2030, the EU has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent compared to 1990. This target thus becomes a legal obligation for EU member states.

CSR reports mandatory for all non-KMUS in the future?!

On 21 April 2021, the EU Commission published a proposal for the revision of the so-called CSR Directive (Non Financial Reporting Directive - NFRD), which has been in force in Germany since 2017, and which would significantly expand the scope of application.

Competition for climate protection technologies gets tougher

More and more countries are setting much tougher emissions targets for 2030; EU and US are politically on the same level of ambition. China wants to reach the peak of greenhouse gas emissions before 2030. The VDMA says: climate protection also needs competition and open markets.

Discussion about the Supply Chain Act

The German government has adopted legal measures for the human rights due diligence of companies. The VDMA has advocated a manageable implementation with added value for those affected, instead of excessive bureaucratic obligations, and continues to campaign for this.

Web seminar recording: From climate strategy, to climate targets and compensation

In the concluding web seminar of the series "Climate-neutral production" you will learn how to become a climate-neutral company with climate goals and a climate strategy and how to offset your emissions.

VDMA: Material Compliance Web Info Day on 22.04.2021

Among VDMA members, the topic of "Material Compliance" is now one of the top issues. Unfortunately, knowing about the relevant regulations does not mean fulfilling the associated manufacturer obligations.

Human rights due diligence of companies in the supply chain

After long negotiations, the German government reached an agreement on a German Supply Chain Act in February 2021 with three ministries involved and wants to hold companies more accountable.

Rethinking recycling: How to close the plastics gap

VDMA discussion paper on more use of recycled plastics published.

FAQ Sustainability Management

Our FAQ module provides detailed answers to the most important questions on how to strategically anchor sustainability in a company.

Opportunities and risks of the Green New Deal

The Corona pandemic has also become a decisive point of departure for the EU Commission's climate agenda. The Green New Deal offers many opportunities for the mechanical and plant engineering industry - if it is based on market principles.

VDMA establishes "Corporate Responsibility" working group

On 28 November, 21 company representatives met for the constituent meeting of the new body. The focus is on sustainability requirements and increasing due diligence along the supply chain as well as the strategic anchoring of sustainability in the company.

Climate protection needs green technologies from mechanical engineering

Mechanical and plant engineering plays a key role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Not only because machines are performing their service ever more efficiently and thus conserving resources, but also because mechanical and plant engineering equips all industrial sectors worldwide with state-of-the-art technology.

Due Diligance Regulation only works in close cooperation with the industry

To find a proper solution for the dispute over the Due Diligance Regulation is becoming increasingly difficult. The VDMA is therefore calling for a fundamental revision of the draft law.

"Made in Europe": EU research program on production

The new EU research framework program "Horizon Europe" will most likely include a public-private partnership on the topic of production. On the research agenda of "Made in Europe" are classic themes such as Industry 4.0 and future production processes, but also hot topics such as circular economy, artificial intelligence and climate protection.

EU Circular Economy: Are we there yet ?

In 2015, the EU Commission presented its first comprehensive package of measures on the circular economy. The focus was on waste prevention and the recycling of products and materials to keep them in the cycle. A few years later, the EU sums up: the economic benefits of the circular economy are clear, but we are still far from talking about a functioning and comprehensive circular economy.

Self-made circular economy – the potential of Makerspaces

Makerspaces are freely accessible workshops with high-tech equipment. Ideal for machine makers – e.g. for trying new technology, meeting startups, or sustainability gains and training of own staff.

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Fuel Cells Industry Guide 2020 with Update Company Directory

Industrialization of fuel cell production as the key to market success

EU consultation on Strategy for Sustainable Textiles

VDMA has evaluated the EU Commission's strategy for sustainable textiles in a public consultation. The background to this are the activities within the scope of the Circular Economy Action plan.

Study Green Tech Creates Green Business

A joint study by BCG and VDMA shows that mechanical and plant engineering can reduce up to 86 percent of global emissions.

Basics SCIP database: recording and documents of the third web info day are available

On 21 January 2021, the VDMA held its third web infoday with the main topic "Basics of the SCIP database".

VDMA and eight other associations develop information on the topic of "SCIP

The association information on the new information requirements on substances in articles from the EU Waste Framework Directive offers you an overview of the topic and goes into detail on the national implementation.

Software offer in cooperation with VDMA

At the request of its members, the VDMA searched for and found a suitable service provider for CSR Management in an intensive process.

CSR-RUG / CSR Directive under revision

The directive obliges certain companies in the EU to disclose non-financial aspects in or in addition to their annual report. This directive is currently under revision until 2021.

Threat or opportunity for mechanical and plant engineering?

The EU's Taxonomy Regulation makes it more difficult for mechanical and plant engineering companies to access financing for the development of energy-efficient technologies of the future - but it also offers opportunities.

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CSR reports mandatory for all non-KMUS in the future?!

On 21 April 2021, the EU Commission published a proposal for the revision of the so-called CSR Directive (Non Financial Reporting Directive - NFRD), which has been in force in Germany since 2017, and which would significantly expand the scope of application.

EU Commission with ambitious circular economy package

"Closing the loop" is the motto of the EU Commission's comprehensive circular economy package. It aims to do much more than just save a little bit of resources and recycle a little bit more.

One year later - one year greener?

Green Deal: The VDMA European Office takes a look at some of the planned measures and their potential impact on the mechanical engineering sector.

Threat or opportunity for mechanical and plant engineering?

The EU's Taxonomy Regulation makes it more difficult for mechanical and plant engineering companies to access financing for the development of energy-efficient technologies of the future - but it also offers opportunities.

National Business and Human Rights Action Plan (NAP)

The German federal government examines the extent to which companies based in Germany comply with their human rights due diligence obligations. Decisions on further legal steps are dependent on this.

EU Regulation: Due Diligence on Conflict Minerals

Since the beginning of 2021, importers of conflict minerals such as tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from risk areas into the EU are subject to mandatory due diligence requirements.

CSR-RUG / CSR Directive under revision

The directive obliges certain companies in the EU to disclose non-financial aspects in or in addition to their annual report. This directive is currently under revision until 2021.

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Auf den Punkt Zitat Sustainability

"The 2030 climate protection target is as important as it is ambitious. In order to make good use of the remaining eight years, we need every technology that contributes to achieving the Paris climate protection targets and reducing emissions."

Hartmut Rauen, VDMA Deputy Executive Director

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A consistent transition to a circular economy would reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by around 39 percent.

Source: Circularity Gap Report 2021

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Summary
Fit for 55 - EU climate targets become concrete
    By 2030, the EU wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to 1990 levels:
  • With its "Fit for 55“ package the EU Commission has published concrete measures to achieve its climate targets
  • The package comprises 13 measures - from energy taxation to energy efficiency
  • VDMA represents the political interests of its members in Brussels

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Substance Policy Working Group
The Substance Policy working group is concerned with all questions relating to the topic of substance regulations and the obligations they entail for the mechanical and plant engineering sector. Among others, the CLP Regulation, the REACH Regulation, the POP Regulation and the RoHS Directive play an important role.
Corporate Responsibility Working Group
The working group addresses strategic issues of sustainability and ecosocially responsible corporate management.
Working Group Industry Dialogue Human Rights
The German government is launching a company survey ("monitoring") on the subject of human rights. The VDMA expects this to set the course for future specifications. It is therefore essential for as many companies as possible to participate!

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