Eco-design regulations

ECODESIGN COMPLIANCE and circular Economy

In addition to WEEE and energy efficiency obligations, a set of regulations from the European Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC has been published with requirements for repairability and recyclability of the following household product categories to be assessed: 

  • dishwashers
  • electronic displays (including televisions, monitors and digital signage displays)
  • light sources and separate control gears
  • electric motors
  • external power supplies
  • household refrigerators, as well as refrigerators with a direct sales function (e.g., vending machines)
  • power transformers
  • washing machines
  • welding equipment

As of April 1st, 2021, the manufacturer has to provide spare parts as well as maintenance and repair information for in-scope products. For more details…

National transpositions of the EU Directive 2019/904 of 5 June 2019 the the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environmental are underway.

 

For example, in France, the Loi du 10 février 2020 relative à la lutte contre le gaspillage et à l'économie circulaire (law on fighting waste and the circular economy) includes the following rules on certain electrical and electronic devices, applicable from 2021:

  • Fighting planned obsolescence: certain equipment such as washing machines or vacuum cleaners must have a repairability index. A durability index is also projected as of 2024
  • Spare parts: mandatory information on the availability (or non-availability) of spare parts of mobile phones, televisions and furniture. Second-hand spare parts must also be available
  • Software updates: In the IT sector, buyers of computers or mobile phones must be informed of the duration for which their devices can endure successive software updates. These updates can indeed slow or obsolete devices
EcoScan Enviropass

EcoScan

In a nutshell, EcoScan, or Eco-Design assessment, is a solution to measure the environmental impacts of a new product. 

 

It enables to monitor and to reduce energy and resources consumption of this product. 

 

In addition, EcoDesign allows you to meet the ISO 14001-2015 Product Life Cycle (PLC) requirements of your environmental management system.

 

The EcoScans are part of the PLC exercise. 

 

Several methods of EcoScans are available, such as the ReCiPe method.  

 

In order to perform the Eco-Scans, it is necessary to have the following information of your new design:

  • Parts weight
  • Materials specifications

Any other questions on Eco-Design ?  You are welcome to ask Enviropass.