Written by Guillaume Ragonnaud (2nd edition).
Most products are not designed with their life cycle environmental impacts in mind, and it is difficult for consumers and economic operators to make sustainable choices when buying products. The EU still lacks an overarching legislative framework laying down rules for sustainable production and consumption of all products. Ecodesign refers to the integration of environmental sustainability considerations into the characteristics of a product, and into processes throughout its value chain.
On 30 March 2022, the European Commission put forward a proposal for a regulation establishing a framework for setting ecodesign requirements for sustainable products. The proposed regulation would lay down rules applying 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.
The Council adopted its position on the proposal on 22 May 2023. In the Parliament, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) is the lead committee. A total of 1 136 amendments were tabled in ENVI. The vote on the draft report took place in ENVI on 15 June 2023. The report was adopted with 68 votes in favour, 12 against and 8 abstentions. It is due to be voted in plenary in July 2023, thus setting Parliament’s position for trilogue negotiations
- June 2023: Ecodesign for sustainable products (2nd edition)
|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|
|Rapporteur:||Alessandra Moretti (S&D, Italy)||2022/0095 (COD)|
|Shadow rapporteurs:||Jessica Polfjärd (EPP, Sweden)|
Jan Huitema (Renew, the Netherlands)
Sara Matthieu (Greens/EFA, Belgium)
Alexandr Vondra (ECR, Czechia)
Silvia Sardone (ID, Italy)
Malin Björk (The Left, Sweden)
|Ordinary legislative |
(Parliament and Council
on equal footing –
|Next steps expected: Vote in plenary on the committee report|