The EU has just adopted the ‘Ecodesign’ package which will improve five types of products
that most consumers own at home: lighting, fridges, TV screens, dishwashers and washing
machines. Besides relying on less energy, the appliances will be easier to fix and, in some
However, the measures should have gone further to make it easy for
consumers to repair their goods.
BEUC and its sister organisation ANEC - the consumer voice in standardisation - have long
called for the measures, which will bring along the following benefits for consumers:
(*) Spare parts will have to be available for 7 to 10 years as a minimum. This
makes products more durable and generates less waste.
(*) Toxic flame retardants will be banned in TV screens1, which will push
manufacturers to resort to safer alternatives to delay a fire.
(*) Light bulb flickering will decrease. Repeated exposure to flickering light can
affect the nervous system.
(*) Energy consumption will keep going down, helping consumers not only to save
money, but also to minimise their impact on the planet.