Regulation on Ecodesign for Sustainable Products and Digital Product Passport – Updates

Making sustainable products the norm in the EU is one of the main objectives under the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan. Consequently,  on the 30th of March 2022 the European Commission introduced an ambitious proposal for a Regulation on Ecodesign for Sustainable Products ( ESPR) to increase sustainability of products through enhanced resource efficiency, carbon neutrality, and information accessibility, among other aspects.

ESPR sets out a framework to enable the setting of new requirements to make products more durable, reliable, reusable, upgradable, reparable, easier to maintain, refurbish and recycleand energy and resource efficient (ecodesign requirements). It also requires that all regulated products in the EU will have Digital Product Passports to make it easier to repair them or recycle them as well as facilitate tracking of substances of concern in products along the supply chain.

Industry Sectors Affected

Commission wants to address harmful chemicals in electronics & ICT (Information and Communications Technology) equipment, textiles, furniture, steel, cement. Based on a preliminary assessment by the Commission the following product categories are considered for the first ESPR working plan, given their high environmental impact and potential for improvement: Textiles, furniture, mattresses, tyres, detergents, paints, lubricants, iron, steel and aluminium. Hence, the candidates range from consumer products to raw materials and mixtures used by professionals and in industry.

Further Information:

We would like to invite you to read the article written by our colleague Tim Becker on “Ecodesign for Sustainable Products and the EU Digital Product Passport”. In his article – published at StoffR- our colleague Tim provides a structured overview and initial assessment of the proposed ESPR scope, key new requirements and next steps.

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