Webinar: Cooling down Europe’s heating system

Join us for a webinar on the decarbonisation of domestic heating through the Ecodesign Directive and Energy Labelling regulation. This event is promoted as part of the European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Week.

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Eternal flame: The quest to ban toxic flame retardants

The battle to restrict the use of toxic flame retardants in consumer products goes on as industry lobbyists sue the European Commission. From fire fighters to health experts, campaigners are fighting back.

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Covid-19 recovery plan calls for consumer savings and environmental commitments

A resilient future requires a responsible industry and sustainable supply chain. In this article, we reject business groups’ calls to halt environmental rules for electronics and home appliances in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis.

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New report! Long Live The Machine – How ecodesign & energy labelling can make our laptops last longer

Our new report shows that the EU ecodesign and energy labelling regulatory instruments have a great potential to contribute to the reversal of the current throwaway culture, double laptop lifetimes, and save some 5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent by 2030 – equivalent to taking nearly 3 million cars off the road.

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All we want for Christmas… is for the EU to finally give up on voluntary agreements!

With the pioneering provisions for product repairability and recyclability introduced by the “Ecodesign Package” this year, Europe is making sure that our products last longer and are more efficient. Fridges, TV displays, dishwashers, washing machines and many other products we use every day are regulated through ecodesign – and the recently published European Green Deal suggests similar provisions will be developed for other products.

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European Green Deal promises “reusable, durable and repairable products”

The European Green Deal paves the way for reforms aimed at turning Europe into a circular and zero carbon economy. Repairable and longer-lasting products must be part of this strategy, say NGOs united under the Right to Repair and Coolproducts campaigns.

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Climate action needs better products

The EU has recently paved the way for longer-lasting products. Now we must enshrine this ambition into our future European Green Deal, Coolproducts campaigners wrote in a letter to the incoming European Commission this week.

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Throwaway printers, luxury inks, killer chips …and their shocking environmental impact

While many aspire to a paperless office or home, the reality is that 24.8 million printers were sold in Europe in 2016, and only a slight decline in this sales trend is expected in the future. With current printers becoming increasingly disposable and the majority of cartridges ending up in landfill, it is high time for the EU to take action.

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The ugly truth about electric heaters

Do you #knowYourheater? Of course you don’t, how could you when it doesn’t even have an energy label? Consumers are still not informed of the poor performance of portable electric heaters, which can be bought at very low prices and can effectively comply with the existing ecodesign regulation with a simple mechanic thermostat control.

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EU to pull plug on wasteful, unrepairable products

Newly adopted EU laws will make several products easier to repair and more energy efficient, saving people money while reducing pollution, NGOs in the Coolproducts campaign said.

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