The draft European standard prEN 45554 provides a general methodology for the assessment of the ability to repair, reuse and upgrade energy-related products (ErP) within the scope of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling framework. It is being developed by a joint CEN-CENELEC Technical Committee 10 (CEN-CLC/TC10) and as part of the standard series in response to the European Commission standardisation request M/543.
The draft standard contains relevant definitions, lists a number of important criteria influencing repairability, reusability and upgradeability, and, finally, establishes a way to compare and score products of the same product group based on those three concepts. It will therefore be an important step towards developing product-specific methodologies and also towards systematising future regulatory discussions related to material efficiency.
In that sense, the standard paves the way for a market transition towards more repairable, reusable and upgradable products, a significant contribution towards a circular economy.
ECOS has so far been representing European environmental NGOs throughout the drafting development process and has actively contributed to the standard’s structure and content. ECOS also called for the support of prEN 45554 and a positive vote under the public enquiry, outlining its benefits in the present paper.