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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Revealed: The climate cost of ‘disposable smartphones’

Extending the lifespan of smartphones and other electronics by just one year would save the EU as much carbon emissions as taking 2 million cars off the roads annually, a new study finds.

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No more halogenated flame retardants in plastic enclosure and stands of display

Halogenated flame retardants in plastic casing and stands of electronic displays will be banned from the EU market from March 2021 onward. Here’s all you need to know.

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The problem with batteries

Batteries are an essential product in the EU’s pathway to decarbonization. But experts in the EU are increasingly concerned about their hidden environmental cost and are calling for immediate solutions.

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