28 April 2021
A medium-sized electric car bought today is already the most financially interesting solution over the car’s lifetime, research by BEUC and nine of its national member organisations1 reveals. Our research also finds that electric cars are the most ‘equitable’ engine on the market. While relatively more affluent first owners will on average be better off by switching to electric in 2025, second- and third-hand owners – who bear less of the car’s depreciation and benefit from low maintenance costs – will make savings for each electric car sold today once these cars arrive on the second-hand market. First owners driving many kilometres can already save money today by choosing electric.
21 April 2021
The EU Taxonomy – the bloc’s classification system to define which investments can be called ‘sustainable’ – risks becoming little more than a greenwashing tool following the inclusion of climate-harming practices in sectors like forestry and bio energy. These plans are set to undermine the EU’s Green Deal – supposed to make the EU a frontrunner in the climate fight – and prevent Europe delivering on its climate goals.
23 February 2021
From 1 March, a clearer and more reliable energy label is to appear on fridges, TV sets, dishwashers and washing machines on sale across Europe. This is the first step of a long process that will help consumers better understand how much energy their household appliances consume.
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.
- 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