The EU has plans to develop a database for energy-labelled products to monitor all appliances sold in Europe and ensure energy efficiency rules work for the environment and consumers. Here we highlight what's need to turn it into success.
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.