GEN – 930.00. The European Commission is developing its ‘Circular Economy’ policy. In a first instance, it addresses consumer goods, but it will be extended to other goods with time. The revision of the Methodology for Ecodesign of Energy-related Products (MEErP) will start in 2019 and be modified to contain elements of the “Circular Economy”, including reparability.
Context and background
During the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Consultation Forum held on 12 July (GEN – 928.00), the Commission indicated that aspects of the circular economy are now considered by the Regulatory Scrutiny Board when evaluating the Impact Assessment of Ecodesign and Energy Labelling implementing regulations.
Reparability is one aspect that will be in the focus for future developments. As usual, it starts with consumer goods, but the initial questionnaires extend to installed products (e.g. boiler, heat pump, air conditioning appliances) and with time it would extend to all products subject to Ecodesign.
The revision of the MEErP that will start in 2019 must to be monitored closely to evaluate the possible impacts. Hence, there is the need to monitor the two ongoing projects, the one on reparability and the other on material efficiency aspect. Both are expected to generate product specific requirements. The final reports of both studies should become available at the end of 2018.
Of note is the new extended presentation of policies:
Approach for scoring the reparability/upgradability of products
Even though the questionnaire includes installed products, the study (GEN – 930.03) is looking at three consumer goods: laptops, vacuum cleaners and washing machines.
At first sight, this would not relate to professional and B2B products. It is important to understand the philosophy behind the approach as, in future, the discussion could evolve and impact on maintenance and repair of professional products and installations.
In view of the importance given to circular economy during the evaluation of Impact Assessments, an impact on long-term regulatory developments and reviews of regulations could be likely.
Because of the possible (and with time likely) extension of the reparability principle to other products later, manufacturers and associations are recommended register as a stakeholder by completing the form on the project website.
Related documents and links
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- GEN – 930.01 – Minutes Technical Working Group meeting Seville 26 June 2018 (12 pages)
- GEN – 930.02 – DG Environment presentation in Sevilla (8 slides)
- GEN – 930.03 – JRC presentation (69 slides)
- GEN – 930.04 – Behavioural study “Consumers’ Engagement in a Circular Economy”
- preliminary results (9 slides)
- GEN – 889.00 – Introduction to EU scoring system for reparability
- GEN – 902.00 – Towards a circular economy
- GEN – 928.00 – Update on regulatory developments
- Reparability project website: http://susproc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ScoringSystemOnReparability/index.html
- DG Environment 2016 study: https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/c6865b39-2628-11e6-86d0-01aa75ed71a1/language-en
- Circularity project website: http://susproc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/E4C/index.html