The European Parliament (EP) has released a new report calling for better ecodesign and has voted in favour of measures to make consumer goods longer-lasting and repairable.
This report argues that better product design is needed for a transition into a circular economy.
As part of the measures, the Parliament has said that manufacturers should place durable, repairable and recyclable items on the EU markets, as well as making them energy efficient.
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The EP is also calling for faster decision- making and better market surveillance.
Ecodesign has focused so far on making fridges, TVs and other appliances more energy efficient, creating both energy and financial savings across the EU.
Coolproducts, a campaign led by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and ECOS, is working to ensure a better product policy for EU citizens.
EEB policy manager and Coolproducts coordinator Stephane Arditi said: “Europe’s ‘take-make-use-throw’ economy is costing consumers money and choking our environment. Given its success, it makes sense to expand ecodesign to make products that last longer and are easier to repair and recycle.”