Supporting Second-Hand Goods Markets, France Introduces the Repairability Tags on Electronic



France is to become the first country to introduce 'repairability tags' on electronic devices. On 25 November, the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) has agreed on a new strategy as the resolution on more sustainable Single Market with 395 in favour, 94 against and 207 abstentions.

Starting from January 2021, the European Parliament intends to increase sustainability by practising the reuse and repair the electronics. These include smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices. They also plan on tackling the methods that shorten the lifespan of such products. Some other European countries also follow suit after this plan.

MEPs have requested The European Commission to confer users' "right to repair" by making the repair services well-organised and cost-efficient. The services can be either by extending the devices' guarantee, providing guarantees replacement of devices' parts or any other service that may benefit users.

MEPs give their full support to the second-hand goods markets by providing alternatives to tackle practices that shorten the products' lifetime and sustaining sustainable production.

As an alternative to cut the electronic waste, MEPs also firmly reiterated the need for a common charger system and demand for the electronic products to be labelled according to their durability, such as the usage meter and clear information on the estimated products' lifespan.

The resolution adopted by MEPs means to eliminate the obstacles that hinder repair, resale, and reuse. Those are the important aspects in second-hand markets.

A survey conducted by the European Commission shows that 77% of EU citizens would prefer to repair their devices rather than replace them or buy new ones. Meanwhile, 79% of the citizens believe that the manufacturers should be legally obligated to offer the repair service or provide service for their individual parts' replacement.

MEPs are to press for more sustainable public procurement, and reliable marketing and advertising to support sustainable business and consumer choice.

For example, when a product is advertised and claimed to be environmentally friendly, common criteria should be employed to verify such a claim, similar to obtaining ecolabel certifications.

To increase the public's awareness of the sustainable Single Market, the EU ecolabel's role should be promoted and used more widely in industry.

Finally, the resolution also proposes new rules that will benefit the secondary raw material market. The rules include waste management and elimination of legal obstacles that prevent repair, resale, and reuse.

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