Find out why MEPs want legislation to guarantee the right to repair and what concrete measures they propose.
Four reasons for right to repair legislation
- Another obstacle to a more sustainable consumption is obsolescence: some products are designed to fail after a certain time or amount of use. In some cases, the components of the devices are fixed in such a way that they cannot be taken out and replaced.
- Repairs of electronic devices would be good for the environment, leading to a reduction in resource use, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and less energy consumption.
- Electronics are the fastest growing source of waste in the EU. In 2017, more than 3.5 million tonnes were collected and only 40% recycled.
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What should be included in right to repair legislation?
The European Parliament has been in favour of improving the consumers’ right to repair for over a decade and has made a number of concrete proposals to the Commission to make repairs systematic, cost-efficient and attractive.
Among the measures MEPs are set to demand in the upcoming legislative proposal are:
- Make repairs more attractive to consumers, like bonuses for repairing a faulty device or receiving a replacement device for the duration of the repair
- Oblige manufacturers to grant free access to repair and maintenance information and guarantee software updates for a minimum period
- Ensure devices are more durable, easier to repair and include removable and replaceable parts
- Offer better consumer information regarding the reparability of devices
- Extend guarantees
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