Ecodesign 2022 One of the central objectives of the Second Circular Economy Action Plan, presented on 11 March 2020, is to support sustainable products.
In order to ensure that, the so-called Sustainable Product Initiative was launched on 11 September 2020, with electronic products as one of its main target groups. The initiative was further developed on 30 March 2022: this is when the new so-called Ecodesign for Sustainable Product Regulation (ESPR) proposal of the EU was born.
The ESPR will replace the Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC) currently in force and will no longer cover only electronic products.
The new regulation will seek to address the following challenges:
- product durability, reusability, upgradability and reparability
- presence of substances that inhibit circularity
- energy and resource efficiency
- recycled content
- remanufacturing and recycling
- carbon and environmental footprints
- information requirements, including the so-called Digital Product Passport