While all eyes are on the trialogue negotiations for the AI act, another very important negotiation round has just closed in Brussels - namely the one concerning the proposed Ecodesign regulation. We have become more and more aware that most of the environmental impact of products is generated at production stage - making it necessary that we buy less products and use them for longer. Improving product durability is one of the core objectives of the proposal, which may now get turned into legislation by the end of the current parliamentary term.
The new draft Regulation builds on the Ecodesign directive, which prescribed energy efficiency requirements for a variety of electricity-connected devices, by expanding both the range of potentially covered products and the sustainability requirements. According to the Commission,
"The new Ecodesign requirements will go beyond energy efficiency and aim to boost circularity, covering, among others:
- product durability, reusability, upgradability, and repairability
- presence of chemical substances that inhibit reuse and recycling of materials
- energy and resource efficiency
- recycled content
- carbon and environmental footprints
- available product information, in particular a Digital Product Passport."