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.
EU consumers can expect significant energy and monetary savings following today’s adoption by the European Commission of new rules for the iconic EU energy label, Coolproducts campaigners said.
Right to Repair: The EU has taken a small step towards cutting waste and greenhouse gases from manufacturing of popular consumer goods.
EU governments have supported first-ever repairability measures for fridges despite opposition from manufacturers and hesitation from the European Commission. The same progressive approach may now also be applied to other popular products, NGOs understand.
Major industry lobby groups have pushed the European Commission to abandon plans for longer-lasting products despite increasing public support. But EU governments can still rescue the proposals during key votes in December and January.
A number of countries are blocking EU proposals that would oblige manufacturers to make certain products, including washing machines and TVs, more easily repairable and recyclable, a map published by ECOS and the EEB reveals.