A main thrust of the plan is a widening of ‘ecodesign’ rules beyond merely energy performance to cover aspects such as durability and repairability, ensuring products are reusable and upgradable, and increasing the recycled content, partly by limiting the content of hazardous materials.
The European Commission’s ‘sustainable product policy initiative’, due at an unspecified time next year, will have at its core a review of the 2009 Ecodesign Directive. The executive has been under growing pressure over recent years to strengthen the directive, not least from the European Parliament and, more recently, EU auditors.
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