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It is with a sigh of relief that we share that the European Parliament has endorsed the European PV Industry’s stance on the Net Zero Industry Act.

Today, the European Parliament adopted the position on the EU Net-Zero Industry Act aligning perfectly with the industry letter, signed by 42 European PV manufacturers, that we shared with the Members of European Parliament last week.

The improvements include increasing the weight of sustainability and resilience contributions and expanding the cost difference.

The European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC) congratulates the inclusion of pre-qualification criteria for public procurements and auctions — ensuring no more than 50% of the net-zero technology part of the tender shall originate from third countries that are not signatories of the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), practically meaning the reduced import from China after the implementation of the NZIA.

As emphasized in the letter:

Clean energy, climate mitigation, and resilience are not just buzzwords; they are the cornerstones upon which our sustainable future is built. It is now our turn to rise to the occasion and set the stage for a European renaissance in clean manufacturing and sustainable investments.

Today’s vote marks a crucial step toward fostering that and ESMC as an association of European PV manufacturers looking forward that the key cornerstones of pre-qualification criteria and sustainability and resilience contributions will be successfully enforced during the interinstitutional negotiations!

Žygimantas Vaičiūnas
ESMC Policy Director

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