As part of the EU Green Deal, the EU is strengthening the sustainable design of products with new legal acts. The proposal for a new Ecodesign Regulation, which the EU Commission published on 30 March 2022, plays an important role in this. The Regulation is currently in the legislative process. The EU Green Deal is a strategy paper of the EU Commission from 2019 that aims to lead the EU to climate neutrality by 2050 by adapting and renewing the legal framework. The strategy paper is not legally binding. However, the European Climate Law, which is binding for all EU Member States, was adopted on 24 June 2021 and sets the goal of climate neutrality by 2050. Climate neutrality means no net greenhouse gas emissions from 2050 onwards and decoupling economic growth from resource usage.
In this white paper, Saskia Wittbrodt, Anna Piroth and Wiete Herweg present the fundamental changes, objectives and major innovations, such as the digital product passport, of the Ecodesign Regulation.
You can download the full white paper here.back