EU – Sustainable Products Initiative

The European Commission has launched its “Sustainable Products Initiative” to revise the Ecodesign Directive and propose additional legislative products to make products more sustainable.  The Commission provided the following summary:

This initiative, which will revise the Ecodesign Directive and propose additional legislative measures as appropriate, aims to make products placed on the EU market more sustainable.

Consumers, the environment and the climate will benefit from products that are more durable, reusable, repairable, recyclable, and energy-efficient. The initiative will also address the presence of harmful chemicals in products such as:

  • electronics & ICT equipment
  • textiles
  • furniture
  • steel, cement & chemicals.

The initiative is also expected to consider:

  • Supply chain information requirements (possibly digital product passport)
  • Regulation of remanufacturing, recycling, and environmental footprints

An inception impact assessment with feedback from stakeholders during a public consultation is available on the europa website[1].

[1] EU sustainable product initiative, https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12567-Sustainable-Products-Initiative