Ecodesign and right to repair in Europe

Hackaday article Europeans Now Have The Right To Repair – And That Means The Rest Of Us Probably Will Too talks about an important topic: right to repair.

The right to repair what we own has been a hot topic for many years. Many modern devices seem to be surprisingly difficult to fix. In many cases it is not in the interests of manufacturers keen to sell more products to support people who want to keep existing products working for a long time.

When the devices could not be repaired, the resulting mountain of electrical waste was seen as enough of a problem that the European Union is introducing new rules governing their repairability. The European Right To Repair laws are aimed at reducing environmental impact.

The new law mandates that certain classes of household appliances and other devices (washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, televisions) for sale within the EU’s jurisdiction must have a guaranteed period of replacement part availability and that they must be designed such that they can be worked upon with standard tools. So in the future we hardware hackers more likely to be able to fix those dead appliances.

European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete said: “Together with smarter energy labels, our eco-design measures can save European consumers a lot of money, as well as help the EU reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Eco-design is therefore a key element in the fight against climate change and a direct contribution to meeting the goals set in the Paris Agreement. As we move towards our long-term goal of a fully decarbonised EU by 2050, our energy efficiency and eco-design strategy will become ever more important”.

For more details on repairing in EU, read their press release, their FAQ and ecodesign requirements. The Commission estimates that these measures, together with the energy labels adopted on 11 March, will deliver 167 TWh of final energy savings per year by 2030.