In March of this year, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a comprehensive new legislative package calledthe Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI). Part of the Commission’s flagship Green Deal, the SPI essentially aims to ensure that only the most sustainable products are sold in Europe.
To do this, the proposals included in the SPI look to empower consumers to save energy, repair products and make smart environmental choices when shopping for new products.
Of particular interest to the lighting industry is the SPI’s proposal for an Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR). This would repeal and replace the current Ecodesign Directive that the industry is by now very much familiar with. Like the Ecodesign Directive, details as to what is and is not sustainable will be decided at the product level.
The ESPR will, without a doubt, require even more from the lighting industry. In addition to the energy efficiency requirements of the current regulation, the ESPR will include specific requirements relating to life-cycle, durability, use of recycled content, repairability and raw material usage.
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