The European Parliament’s Ecodesign Working Plan aims to make products from mobile phones to fridges last longer and perform better. Part of the EU’s Circular Economy Package, Ecodesign benefits consumers while preparing Europe for a sustainable future.
The average EU consumer buys a new mobile phone every two years. But what's profitable for the market is costing the environment. The majority of old phones end up in the trash. The European Parliament wants its Ecodesign Working Plan to put an end to this wasteful practice. We need to find a solution to improve the "ecological balance" of mobile phones, of which only 5% can be recycled. A better design is needed to ensure that rare metals are recyclable and that the battery can be removed and replaced. The Parliament is pushing for green solutions in the methods and materials used to make everything from phones to fridges and buildings. The aim of making products last longer and work better is not only good for the planet. Ecodesign for energy related products has generated real added value, allowing households to save up to 490€ on energy bills each year. It is time to extend the scope now that the Circular Economy is one of the EU's top priorities. One solution to extend the lifespan of products, which is also the most popular among EU citizens, is to simply repair them. As part of the plan, Parliament is drumming up political support for manufacturers of modular products that allow parts to be easily and affordably dismantled and replaced.