EuropeOn is strategically located in Brussels to provide a European voice to the electrical contracting sector. While the main focus remains on energy policy, EuropeOn also engages with EU institutions and actors on transport, climate and skill policies having an impact on the electrical contracting sector.
EuropeOn influences policy initiatives in coordination with its members and like-minded stakeholders active on the European scene to support the growth of the electrical contracting sector as a key component of strong and sustainable European economies and societies.
Our Policy Working Group gathers experts from each of our member associations who can provide a national perspective on the effect of EU policies in their domestic sector. Their insights allow EuropeOn to formulate recommendations and opinions that will inform regulators devising relevant strategies. This Working Group is currently chaired by Alexis Delepoulle, representing our French member associations FFIE and SERCE.
Electrical contractors employ a variety of technical personnel, from electricians to electrical and IT engineers, through which they have acquired a cross-cutting technical expertise.
With its Technical Working Group, EuropeOn provides a forum for the exchange of best practices and intelligence on the technical aspects of electrical installations and of emerging technologies, including on relevant standards and standisation processes. EuropeOn’s Technical Working Group is thus well placed to inform policy debates with factual and technical information. This Working Group is currently chaired by Esa Tiainen from STUL, EuropeOn’s Finnish member association.
Digitalisation has taken over Europe while increasingly changing the energy and construction sectors.
Electrical contractors are affected in many ways. On the one hand, they are digitalising their work, from the design of the installations down to the maintenance. On the other hand, they are offering a growing number of connected machines and devices.
Digitalisation definitely poses some challenges, but it also opens opportunities for our companies, to increase efficiencies, improve their services and expand activities in new areas, from early project planning together with architects and engineers, to the integration of interconnected machines and devices, and remote, data-driven operation and maintenance.
EuropeOn addresses digitalisation in its various Working Groups, in addition to a Building Information Modelling (BIM) Working Group, jointly with the association GCP Europe. This Working Group focuses on initiatives aimed to mainstream the use of BIM by technical building contractors. Johan Martinsson from Installatörsföretagen (Sweden) and Kris Van Dingenen from Techlink (Belgium) are currently the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of this Working Group.
Electrical contractors are a central workforce to the electricity and construction value chains, forming the link between end-users or property owners on one side and distributors, manufacturers or construction sector professionals on the other side. They have a key role, from design to installation, leading to long-term service and maintenance. A proper understanding of the structure of electricity as well as construction value chains across Europe is primordial for EuropeOn to devise strategies to support the growth of the entire sector.
Established in 2019, our Value Chain Working Group gathers experts who come together for exchanges on their respective national contexts. This constructive forum has already led to our first ever Europe-wide sector report. The Working Group is currently chaired by Martin Bailey, representing ECA – EuropeOn member association from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
EuropeOn is a member of the Electrification Alliance, together with Avere, Eurelectric, the European Climate Foundation, the European Copper Institute, the European Heat Pump Association, smartEn, SolarPower Europe and WindEurope. The Alliance calls for electricity to be recognised as the key energy carrier for an efficient and decarbonised European future.
EuropeOn is a member of the Electromobility Platform, which unites organisations from across civil society, industries, and transport modes. Its members are committed to promoting electromobility and they strive to collectively develop solutions to electrify European transport, and to promote those solutions to the EU institutions and Member States.
EuropeOn is one of the founders of the FEEDS Forum, alongside Europacable, CECAPI (European Committee of Manufacturers of Electrical Installation Equipment), ECI (European Copper Institute) and FISUEL (International Federation for the Safety of Electricity Users). FEEDS focuses on increasing electrical safety in dwellings while at the same time enhancing living standards.
A long-time media partner of EuropeOn, KNX Association is the creator and owner of the KNX technology – the worldwide STANDARD for all applications in home and building control, ranging from lighting and blind control to various security systems, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, monitoring, alarming, water control, energy management, smart metering as well as household appliances, audio/video and many more.
Small Is Beautiful
In 2018 EuropeOn joined around 20 leading renewable energy associations, mayors of cities, cooperatives, property owners and construction associations to initiate the Small is Beautiful campaign, which aims at unlocking the benefits of small-scale, locally-owned renewable energy, flexibility solutions and high-efficiency co-generation.
EuropeOn supports this initiative from SolarPower Europe calling for all new built and renovated buildings to be equipped with photovoltaic panels. As over 90% of roofs go unused in the EU, over 7 million tonnes of CO2 emissions could be avoided each year. As part of this campaign, a petition was started to collect grassroots support for this ambitious endeavour.