Members' Research Service By / June 9, 2022

Ecodesign for sustainable products [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 30 March 2022, the European Commission put forward a proposal for a regulation establishing a framework for setting ecodesign requirements for sustainable products.

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Written by Nikolina Šajn (1st edition).

On 30 March 2022, the European Commission put forward a proposal for a regulation establishing a general framework for setting ecodesign requirements for sustainable products, repealing rules currently in force which concentrate on energy-related products only. The regulation would lay down rules that would apply to all products on the internal market, with the aim of making them more durable, reusable, reparable, upgradable, recyclable and generally less harmful to the environment. The regulation would include rules on a digital product passport, green public procurement and banning the destruction of unsold goods.

Within the European Parliament, the file has been referred to the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. The proposal is in line with previous requests by Parliament to broaden the scope of the ecodesign legislation to cover all main product groups, and to introduce a digital product passport and green public procurement criteria.

Reactions of stakeholders to the proposal varied, from calling it a ‘game-changer’ and appealing for swift action on product-specific rules, to worries about possible overlapping requirements and warnings about significant investments that would be required from businesses.

Versions

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for setting ecodesign requirements for sustainable products and repealing Directive 2009/125/EC
Committee responsible:Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)COM(2022) 142
30.3.2022
Rapporteur:Simona Bonafè (S&D, Italy)2022/0095 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Jessica Polfjärd (EPP, Sweden)
Karin Karlsbro (Renew, Sweden)
Malte Gallée (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Sylvia Limmer (ID, Germany)
Alexandr Vondra (ECR, Czechia)
Silvia Modig (The Left, Finland)
Ordinary legislative
procedure (COD)
(Parliament and Council
on equal footing –
formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Publication of draft report

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