EuCIA Highlights Opportunities for Composites under EU Green Deal Energy Strategies

October 18 (2021

Under the European Green Deal the European Commission has set out a number of strategies that support its ambition of making the EU climate neutral in 2050, many of which could drive growth in the use of composite materials. To explore the opportunities, and challenges, presented by these strategies the European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) is organizing a series of workshops in association with the Commission.

The first event, Opportunities for the Composites Industry within the EU Strategies on Offshore Renewable Energy and Hydrogen, took place on September 29, and connected representatives of the European composites industry with EC guest speaker Dr. Carlos Eduardo Lima da Cunha, Policy Officer at the Directorate-General (DG) Research & Innovation, Clean Energy Transition.

“The Green Deal will have a big impact on industry in the coming 30 years and for the composites industry there are big opportunities, but also big challenges, particularly around the circularity of materials,” explains Ben Drogt, EuCIA’s Managing Director, who chaired the workshop. “Both the offshore renewable energy and hydrogen strategies are important because they will have direct impact on the use of composites, requiring vast increases in production capacities. We, as EuCIA, want to inform the European composites industry about these opportunities, stimulate discussion around the challenges, and identify sources of research and innovation support available from the European Commission.”

Workshop delegates covered topics such as investment in carbon fiber capacity, and the need to find ways for composites players to connect with relevant funding and research consortia.

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