Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (2022/0095/COD)

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for setting ecodesign requirements for sustainable products and repealing Directive 2009/125/EC.

Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (2022/0095/COD)

It’s estimated that over 80% of all product-related environmental impacts are defined during the design phase

European Commission

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Requirements introduced by legislation

The proposal for a new Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation outline several initiatives that could impact the fashion industry:

  • Establishment of a common methodology for environmental impact assessment.
  • Development and promotion of sustainable materials.
  • Implementation of extended producer responsibility schemes for textiles.

Who must comply

All actors in the textiles value chain, including manufacturers, importers, and retailers of textiles and clothing within the European Union.

Key law specifications

  • Minimization of waste and use of resources for as long as possible.
  • Consumer awareness and education to promote sustainable consumption of textiles.
  • Introduction of Digital Product Passport as a tool to promote transparency and accountability in the textiles value chain.

Penalties for non-compliance

  • Member States will establish effective, proportionate, and dissuasive penalties, taking into account the level of non-compliance and the quantity of non-compliant products in the Union market.
  • Member States must notify the Commission of penalty provisions within one year of the Regulation’s application date and promptly report any subsequent amendments to these provisions.
  • The penalties outlined in the Regulation are expected to be implemented by Member States, emphasizing the importance of enforcement measures to uphold regulatory compliance.

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Timeline for its entry into force and compliance

July 2026

Application of the regulation

The ecodesign regulation will apply from 24 months after the entry into force.

May 2024

Text adopted by the Council

Council gives its final approval to the ecodesign regulation.

April 2024

Text adopted by the Parliament

The European Parliament adopts the revised ecodesign framework.

December 2023

Provisional agreement on the ESPR

Provisional agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council for more sustainable, repairable and circular products.

January – May 2023

Open public consultation

The Commission sought views on the categories of new products and measures to address first, so that it could set priorities transparently.

March 2022

Adoption of the proposal by the European Commission

The European Commission proposed the ESPR as part of the Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan under the European Green Deal.

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