Reparability of home appliances: the EU policy landscape

APPLiA was invited to speak to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) during a member's webinar on how repairability policy has been implemented across Europe. 

The issue of repair is essential to the home appliance industry’s efforts towards achieving a more sustainable, circular economy in Europe and the wider world. In this context, APPLiA was invited to speak to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) during a member's webinar on how repairability policy has been implemented across Europe.

The presentation, led by APPLiA’s Policy Director for Environment, Ms. Korrina Hegarty, provided a detailed overview of the current EU policy landscape, the upcoming new EU sustainable policy initiatives, and APPLiA's critical concerns on those forthcoming policies. Insight on how the repair of appliances has been enforced in practice was provided by several representatives from APPLiA’s member companies active in the Association’s Working Group on Circular Economy.

Mr. Leendert Jan de Olde, Director Ecodesign & Sustainability at Philips and Chair of the Working Group Circular Economy at APPLiA, began the presentation by explaining the current European Framework for repair, with specific reference to the repairability measures and objectives set out by the European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan, under the European Green Deal. Mr. Bruno Vermoesen, Head of Office Governmental Affairs for Circular Economy at BSH Home Appliances Group, followed by outlining the current ecodesign requirements for repair in Europe, approaching the topic from energy efficiency to resource efficiency. Mr. Jens Giegerich, Technical Regulatory Affairs, Vorwerk Group, detailed the state of material efficiency standardisation and general methods for the assessment of the ability to repair, reuse and upgrade energy-related products. Ms. Korrina Hegarty continued by addressing the topic of EU repair scoring before Mr. Yohann Boileau, European Affairs Manager at Groupe SEB, showcased the unique example of how France tackled repair scoring via the ‘French Repairability Index’. Finally, Ms. Candice Richaud, Senior Policy Manager for Corporate issues at APPLiA, spoke on the future of the repair landscape with particular mention given to the upcoming Right to Repair Initiative and the mandatory EU sustainability reporting standards.

A question and answer session with AHAM members concluded the presentation.