EU leap toward the Right to Repair needs an extra push

EU leap toward the Right to Repair needs an extra push

After having persistently pushed and advocated for measures facilitating repair[1], the RREUSE office optimistically welcomed the European Commission’s newly adopted EU Ecodesign regulations on 1 October 2019[2]. As of 2021 and for the very first time, the measures require manufacturers to produce longer-lasting products and provide professional repairers with spare parts up to 10 years after the purchase date. Added to that, spare parts will need to be replaceable using […]

Social enterprises in Austria launch project to help re-use construction materials

Social enterprises in Austria launch project to help re-use construction materials

Following the introduction of new regulations in Austria to promote re-use of construction and demolition materials, the Austrian social enterprise sector umbrella Repanet has launched project Baukarussell, a pilot initiative to help develop a market for the goods. The main challenges for Repanet, and five other national partner organisations, will be to match the available components with demand, ideally without a need for intermediate storage in a model known as […]

EU Parliament vote on circular economy missed opportunity to support re-use and to create jobs

EU Parliament vote on circular economy missed opportunity to support re-use and to create jobs

Reacting to today’s vote in the European Parliament on a report on Resource efficiency: moving towards a circular economy, Michal Len, Director of RREUSE, a network of re-use organisations in Europe said: “Setting separate targets for re-use of goods in addition to those for recycling is crucial to cutting resource use, creating green jobs and giving access to basic material needs especially for low income groups. The report approved today […]

Walking The Circle – The 4 guiding pillars for a Circular Economy

Walking The Circle – The 4 guiding pillars for a Circular Economy

RREUSE has published a joint briefing highlighting the key policy areas that must be addressed by the EU institutions to ensure a fully functioning circular economy, and some of the often overlooked benefits that can result.  Read the briefing here.    

Longer-lasting white goods cut environmental impacts by 30% – study

Longer-lasting white goods cut environmental impacts by 30% – study

The benefits of making large household electrical goods last longer have been underlined by a new report carried out for the European Commission. The research carried out in preparation for an update to the European Commission’s Ecodesign rules looks at the resource savings and reduction in harmful environmental impacts that can be made by extending the life of dishwashers, and making them easier to repair and eventually recycle. The report […]

Position Paper on Integrating Resource Efficiency into Ecodesign Implementing Measures

Position Paper on Integrating Resource Efficiency into Ecodesign Implementing Measures

The members of RREUSE work in the field of reuse, repair and recycling of a number of waste streams including WEEE and are very well placed to offer insights into how product design can affect lifespans of products. Download (pdf)

Briefing: Roadmap for a Resource Efficient Europe

Briefing: Roadmap for a Resource Efficient Europe

Around 2.7 billion tonnes of waste was generated in 2010, but only about 40% of that was reused, recycled, or composted and digested in Europe (Eurostat Waste Statistics, 2011). Considering also the pressing need to boost employment and training opportunities, of which there is significant potential within the field of resource efficiency, RREUSE welcomes the draft ENVI Committee own initiative report on the Roadmap for a Resource Efficient Europe. In […]