ROB BOOGAARD, INTERFACE EMEA CEO, MEETS THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION VICE PRESIDENT, MAROS SEFCOVIC, TODAY
Earlier this year, Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission, started his “European Energy Tour” at the Interface manufacturing site in Scherpenzeel, The Netherlands. Mr. Šefčovič talked to the team about a number of European Commission priorities, one being the European Energy Union which has been formed to ensure Europe has secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy. This Union champions wiser energy usage and drives growth and an investment in Europe’s future.
Today, Europe imports more than half of its energy making the EU the largest energy importer in the world and resulting in high energy prices for European industries and consumers. This has driven the Energy Union to champion the following:
1/Letting energy flow freely across borders – Establish a European Energy Union by connecting infrastructure enforcing legislation and increasing competition. This will help drive down costs for businesses and citizens and boost economic growth
2/Securing energy for all citizens – Work to prevent energy shortages, diversifying sources of energy imports and ensuring a united European voice as part of the negotiations to improve energy security
3/Energy-efficient products, jobs and skills for tomorrow – Help to mobilise additional investment in power grids, renewable-energy installations and other energy infrastructure
4/New energy technology – Improve energy efficiency, especially for buildings; with a binding target of 30% less energy use by 2030. Coordinate the Commission’s efforts to ensure the EU reaches its climate and energy targets for 2020 and 2030.
The “European Energy Tour” provided a number of discussion topics for the EU dignitaries and invited stakeholders to understand how the Union would support their environment.
During his visit with Interface in Scherpenzeel, Mr. Šefčovič saw first hand that ambitious energy reductions and renewable energy solutions are within reach, asserting Interface’s sustainability leadership in manufacturing and its progress towards ‘Mission Zero’.
The European Energy Tour just finished a few weeks ago and the content collected has helped to inform the first State of the Energy Union report, which is launched, today, November 18th, in Brussels. It maps the progress achieved and outlines where a political push is needed for 2016.
We are very pleased to learn that Mr. Šefčovič considers his visit to Interface as one of the highlights of his European Energy Tour. As a result, our EMEA CEO Rob Boogaard has been invited to:
1/ take part in the European Commission video that will be used to communicate the State of the Energy Union report
2/ participate in the panel discussion today, 18th November, in Brussels, as a member of the Prince of Wales’ EU Corporate Leaders Group in support of the launch of the Energy Union report.
Having reduced its carbon footprint with more than 90% and running its European operations with more than 95% renewable energy, Interface is pleased to help articulate that ambitious sustainability targets are not only possible; they pay off. As such, Interface fully supports projects, such as the EU Energy Union project, that quickly bring us closer to a thriving low carbon economy