On 10 December 2018, Member States commenced a series of votes on the 2019 Ecodesign Package and Energy Labelling Package of measures.
What’s at stake?
The Package will oblige manufacturers to produce electrical goods that do the same job while wasting less energy. The proposals would also help reduce waste and save resources thanks to provisions to make products more easily repairable and recyclable by design.
The proposed energy efficiency requirements alone, which if approved in their entirety would cover 11 products, can save 140 TWh a year, which corresponds to 5% of the EU electricity use. Apart from the obvious climate benefits, this would also make Europe less dependent on energy imports given current geopolitical uncertainties and potential for volatility in fossil markets.
The proposed resource efficiency requirements would make it easier for consumers to have certain products repaired instead of having to buy new ones. The measures would reduce waste while unleashing the potential of job creation in the sector. That’s not a given, considering that now consumers are forced to discard products, as repair is either impossible or unaffordable.
Say “yes” to repair!
The Package sustained a number of delays and threats, with ECOS and the Coolproducts partners consistently fighting for its adoption, and urging Member States to make the proposed energy and resource efficiency requirements as ambitious as possible.
With the beginning of votes, ECOS and the campaigners will not lower their guard, especially given that the European Commission has, over the last months, considerably weakened the initially proposed repair provisions.
The ball is now in the Member States court to take them to the next level. On 10 December, ahead of the votes, environmental NGOs and repair campaigners sent a clear message to Member States, urging them to say “yes” to repair, with a joint action in front of the European Council.
- Watch ECOS Chloé Fayole explain #righttorepair (in French): HERE (l’Avenir.net) or HERE (Canal Z)
- Read our Media Brief
Calendar and next steps
The proposals are expected to be discussed by EU governments from 10 December onwards, before being officially adopted by the Commission. The EU’s environment and industry ministers can therefore still change the content of the proposals.
For each of these measures, ECOS has produced recommendations on how to improve the proposals and circulated them to all EU Member States representatives, with the great support of their European and national partners.
Dates when EU governments are expected to vote:
- 10 & 11 – Fridges
- 17 & 18 – Lighting
- 19 & 20 – Displays
- 8 & 9 – Dishwashers
- 10 & 11 – Washing machines
- 14 – Motors
- 15 – Power transformers
- 16 – External Power Supplies
- 28 – Welding equipment
- 29 & 30 – Commercial refrigeration