26 January 2021, Brussels – In contrast with many recent pessimistic outlooks, EuropeOn, the European electrical contractors’ association, released a new report entitled “Business opportunities since Covid-19: Electrical contractors at the forefront of a green & digital recovery for Europe”. Electrical contractors, a sector that is comprised of over 1.8 million professionals across Europe, aim to trigger a positive reflection on how to bounce back from the crisis thanks to new or rising business opportunities at the crossroads of construction, energy and mobility.
The report first identifies three rising societal priorities since Covid-19 (mitigating climate change with a green recovery, improving indoor life quality, and transforming ways of working). It then showcases six main areas of business opportunities for electrical contractors (such as: services, integration, digitalisation and contactless technologies) with national and local examples. Conditions for success and main obstacles are also assessed. Finally, it delivers a series of asks for policymakers to support a job-driven recovery.
Julie Beaufils, Secretary General of EuropeOn said: “With this report, electrical contractors can look optimistically at the changes brought about by the pandemic: these professionals are already experts at solving problems. Not only can they bounce back, but they can also make a valuable contribution to a green and digital recovery in Europe as they are responsible for electrifying buildings and transport, installing rooftop solar panels, setting up energy management systems, etc.”
Martin Bailey, Chairman of EuropeOn’s Value Chain working group stated: “An ambitious green and digital recovery will unlock new business opportunities and, as a consequence, new job opportunities. The electrical contractor’s profile is fast evolving with new careers in digitalisation, smart buildings, decentralised electrification or energy services. It is an exciting time for new recruits interested in digital tools and climate change mitigation.”
Read the full public report here
Have a look at the executive summary here