New rules make household appliances more sustainable

In a continued effort to reduce Europe’s carbon footprint and to make energy bills cheaper for European consumers, the Commission adopted on 1 October 2019 new eco-design measures for products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions. Improving the eco-design of products contributes to implementing the ‘Energy efficiency first’ principle of the EU’s Energy Union priority.

For the first time the measures include requirements for repairability and recyclability, contributing to circular economy objectives by improving the life span, maintenance, re-use, upgrade, recyclability and waste handling of appliances.

These new measures set an example of policy mechanisms that could drastically transform the economic system if applied across a wider range of sectors, beyond energy products.

Stephane Arditi, policy manager for the circular economy with the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), said:

“This is the kind of innovation that we all need right now. Energy efficiency laws have already cut our energy bills and will continue to do so. Now, by also ensuring we get to use our products for longer, Europe can deliver further savings for people while cutting carbon emissions and waste.”

This announcement represents a big step forward thanks in particular to the intense work of the EEB whose activities MAVA has been supporting for many years.

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