In this report we shine a light on the true cost of planned obsolescence, and provide recommendations to increase the repairability of our everyday products and ensure they last longer.
On 11 March 2019, the EU has adopted the first part of its long-awaited Ecodesign & Energy Labelling Package. The Coolprodcuts Campaign followed the developments related to this unprecedented package of measures very closely. We have also released a briefing which will answer all your questions related to the "Ecodesign Package".
Ecodesign and Energy Labelling have already set out durability requirements for certain products such as vacuum cleaner motors and light bulbs. But it has so far mainly focused on making fridges, TVs and other appliances more energy efficient. Given its success, why not include more requirements to make products that last longer and are easily reparable and recyclable?
The beginning of the new legislative period in the European Parliament and the incoming new college of commissioners mark an important occasion for the EU to match its rhetoric on energy and resource efficiency with an ambitious proposal on the forthcoming revision of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives.