Eco-design and future policy actions on the circular economy

Starting from 2021, manufacturers will have to make home appliances easier to repair. The new mandatory rules, adopted on October 1st by the European Union, including for the first time requirements of repairability and recyclability. As a result, TV screens, fridges, lighting products, dishwashers and washing machines placed for the EU market will have to be produced to last longer. Producers will also have to supply spare parts for machines up to a decade.

In other words, the new measures are contributing to enhancing circularity by improving the life span, maintenance, re-use, upgrade, recyclability and waste handling of appliances. The commitment to the circular economy emerged recently in the conclusions of the Environmental Council on October 4th in which all the ministers of the EU Member States unanimously backed calls to speed up the transition to a more circular economy.

The new set of measures currently under development will most probably focus on 5 key sectors: textiles, transport, food as well as construction and demolition. Among the main planned actions there are:

  1. An EU textile strategy to steer the sector away from unsustainable production and consumption;
  2. An “urgent revision” of the Batteries Directive to boost separate collection and recycling;
  3. The full implementation of the Plastics Strategy and possible further action in key sectors using plastics, including packaging, construction, automotive, electronics, textiles and agriculture;
  4. An assessment of whether eco-design principles could be applied to new product groups, with a particular focus on information and communications technology.

In line with the priorities set by the EU institutions, CSR Europe has been active for several years in accelerating the EU’s transition to a circular economy. The EU-funded project R2π: - transition from linear 2 circular , launched in 2016, aims at enabling the innovation of organisations to pursue more viable, sustainable and competitive models.

R2π examines how to transition to Circular Economy Business Models, by focusing on the enablers and barriers of markets and policymaking. The final goal? Fostering the widespread implementation of circular economy business models and policies.

More information:

R2π: - transition from linear 2 circular

 

 

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