The Departments of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, and Environment, Climate and Communications invite submissions to help to inform the Irish position on negotiations on the EU Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on Ecodesign for Sustainable Products.
Background and aims of proposal
The European Commission made its proposal for a Regulation on Ecodesign for Sustainable Products earlier this year. This initiative is a significant part of the European Green Deal
and Commission’s Circular Economy Package.
The main objectives of this proposal for a regulation are to:
reduce the negative life cycle environmental impacts of products and
improve the functioning of the internal market by
building on existing successful ecodesign rules
It also aims to provide more meaningful information on the environmental aspects of products for consumers.
Supporting measures that impact on the design of goods and services will be most effective if they are agreed and implemented on an EU-wide basis. This provides a level playing field across the EU for producers and consumers and leverages the power of the Single Market to support the circular transition. The ‘Right to Repair’ is a case in point. Ireland fully supports the principle of enabling consumers to repair or have goods repaired at a reasonable cost and in a timely manner and will support ambitious proposals along these lines from the European Commission. As a small open economy, Ireland’s ability to unilaterally establish a ‘Right to Repair’ for Irish consumers is limited at best and far more can be achieved through collective action at the EU level.
Main features of the proposal
Key features of this ESPR proposal include:
a framework to set requirements – via delegated acts – for how products should be made
requirements to provide information on the environmental sustainability of products – digital product passports will enable products to be tagged, identified and linked to information relevant to their circularity and sustainability
putting a stop to the destruction of unsold consumer goods
EU Council consideration of the proposal has commenced under the Czech Presidency in the Competitiveness Working Party. However, negotiations will intensify in September. We are seeking submissions to help to inform the position Ireland takes at these negotiations. Submissions should not exceed 2,500 words or 5 pages in length.
We are committed to engaging with stakeholders in a clear, open, and transparent manner. Any person or organisation can make a submission in relation to this consultation. All submissions and feedback will be considered by the departments.
Please note that it is intended that all submissions received will be made available under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI) and as such may be published on our websites.
In responding to this consultation, parties should clearly indicate where their responses contain personal information, commercially sensitive information, or confidential information which they would not wish to be released under FOI or otherwise published.
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