17 October 2019
01 October 2019

EU makes 5 household appliances safer and repairable but does not go the full mile

The EU has just adopted the ‘Ecodesign’ package which will improve five types of products that most consumers own at home: lighting, fridges, TV screens, dishwashers and washing machines. Besides relying on less energy, the appliances will be easier to fix and, in some cases, safer. However, the measures should have gone further to make it easy for consumers to repair their goods.
29 August 2019

10 years on from the first inefficient light bulb ban, consumers have saved up to €1,330

In the decade after EU rules on energy-efficient lighting kicked in, the average European household has saved up to €1,330 − the equivalent combined price of a mid-range washing machine, fridge and dishwasher. The figure comes from a new study commissioned by ANEC, the European consumer voice in standardisation, and BEUC, The European Consumer Organisation.

Our work areas

Consumers are increasingly willing to buy sustainable products, especially energy-efficient ones, in order to minimise their impact on the environment. All too often though, confusing information and a great variety of industry claims make this difficult. What makes it even more complicated is the lack of enough sustainable products in EU shops and that they are barely identifiable.

Our objectives

  • Improve the sustainability of products by reducing their impact on the environment
  • Give consumers the possibility to make informed and sustainable choices between different products using independent and verified labels (such as the Ecolabel). Unsustainable products to be taken off the market
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of transport in Europe while ensuring consumers benefit from improved information and cost reductions


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The European Consumer Organisation
Europäischer Verbraucherverband
Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs

Rue d'Arlon, 80 Bte 1 
B - 1040 Bruxelles

Tel: +32 2 743 15 93
E-mail: sustainability@beuc.eu

Sylvia Maurer
ANEC/BEUC Ecodesign Project Coordinatorpicture
ANEC/BEUC Ecodesign Project Coordinator
Aline Maigret
EU Ecolabel Coordinatorpicture
EU Ecolabel Coordinator
Blanca Morales
Senior Sustainable Transport Officerpicture
Senior Sustainable Transport Officer
Dimitri Vergne
Johannes Kleis
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Senior Communications Officer
Pauline Constant
Carmen Martin