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EU enshrines ‘right to repair’

The European Commission announced new regulations[1] that require companies manufacturing household appliances to make longer-lasting products and to supply spare parts for machines for up to 10 years. The regulations enshrine the “right to repair,” part of the European Union’s Ecodesign Directive,[2] which establishes a framework to set mandatory ecological requirements for energy-using and energy-related products sold in all 28 EU member states.

The regulations[3] currently cover the following appliances:

  • Household refrigerators.

  • Light sources.

  • Electronic displays.

  • Dishwashers.

  • Washing machines and dryers.

  • Motors.

  • Power transformers.

  • Welding equipment.

“Whether it is by fostering repairability or improving water consumption, intelligent eco-design makes us use our resources more efficiently, bringing clear economic and environmental benefits,” said Jyrki Katainen,[4] European Commission vice-president for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness. “Figures speak for themselves: these measures can save European households on average €150 per year and contribute to energy savings equal to annual energy consumption of Denmark by 2030. It is with concrete steps such as these that Europe as a whole is embracing the circular economy to the benefit of citizens, our environment and European businesses.”

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