electronics Case Studies
Effective Policy Package: Facilitations relationships
The Electronics Policy Package
Regulation to increase EEE warranty from 2 to 6 years.
Strong penalties on induced and planned obsolescence (based on a minimum duration for EEE).
Improve and reinforce Ecodesign standards for EEE: promote standardisation of components and parts and design for reuse, ease of repair and ease of remanufacture.
Regulation to oblige manufacturers to ensure completely removable structure of EEE.
Subsidies for companies that incorporate design for ease to reuse, repair or remanufacture.
Extend the legal period of warranty for second-hand products.
Financial support from EU structural funds for specific programs of investment that contribute to the achievement of the WEEE Directive targets for collection, preparation for reuse and recovery of WEEE in the lagging countries.
Promote circular public procurement of second-hand and remanufactured products, as well as ease-to-reuse, ease-to-repair and ease-to-remanufacture EEE products for public services.
Regulation to favour transparency between manufacturers and repair
businesses (full information).
Subsidise circular products (easy-to-repair, reusable, easy-todisassemble, durable, etc.) or remanufactured/reused products to implement servicizing schemes of sporadically used EEE (leasing and sharing).
Lower taxes to second-hand, upgraded and remanufactured EEE.
Reinforce the obligation of e-commerce sales to include a take-back service of the old EEE.
Control and monitoring manufacturers/retailers to ensure that WEEE are delivered to the treatment facilities.
Increase control and strong penalties on illegal e-waste international trade.
45 Increase control on informal WEEE and penalties for non-declared e-waste collections.
Incentivise repairing activities through lower taxes.
52 Subsidising R&D to develop new technologies and practices for the repairing, remanufacturing and recycling sector.
Integral promotion of closed loop schemes through active public initiatives, such as the creation of urban spaces dedicated to raising awareness and increasing the social and commercial value of reuse, repair and remanufacturing activities.
Completely transparent Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) collective schemes for EEE, specifying targets allocated to preparation for reuse and recycling.
Set specific objectives for preparation for reuse in the WEEE Directive.
Incentivise discards of old EEE in collecting points by consumers.
Incentivize manufacturers to take-back their own products and prepare them for reusing, refurbishment and remanufacturing (or in collaboration with third parties).
Subsidise investment in technological developments for repairing, remanufacturing and recycling processes.
Setting of clear penalties supported by an effective penalizing system.
Full implementation of trade bans on any type of WEEE (Basel Ban Amendment).
Include in guarantees, regulation that obligate sellers to privilege repair over replacement with a new product, whenever possible.
Grants for research on planned, induced and aesthetic obsolescence practices.
Simplification and harmonization of administrative procedures in WEEE Directive.