This is a crucial listen to anyone currently importing products into the EU! The new EU Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation is coming soon, meaning that you will be legally obliged to comply with its demands for more sustainable products, a transparent supply chain, and clear control over how environmentally friendly the production of your materials, components, and products are!
If that sounds like a lot of information to obtain and, potentially, changes to your product design and suppliers, that’s probably because it is in many cases!
In part 1 on this topic, we discussed what the regulation is: The EU Ecodesign Regulation Is Coming, But Are You Prepared? [Podcast part1]
Now, let’s take a deep dive into what you will need to do to comply with the regulation as our CEO Renaud and compliance expert Clive Greenwood talk you through it.
Listen: How To Comply With The EU Ecodesign Regulation? (Part 2. Feat. Clive Greenwood)
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- 00:00 – Greetings & Introduction to today’s topic: EU Ecodesign Regulation.
- 02:26 – Why is product design important?
- 08:07 – The role of ‘Repairability’ and ‘Maintainability.’
- 10:12 – The need to document your approach.
- 12:03 – How product designs will need to change according to the EU ESPR proposal [quotes].
- 18:38 – Addressing ‘Greenwashing.’
- 20:47 – Postmarket surveillance.
- 25:01 – Calculating energy consumption throughout the product lifecycle.
- 30:11 – Supply chain information will be transparent – suppliers who are more sustainable will be preferred.
- 34:37 – The example of garments and their supply chain.
- 37:58 – Detailed traceability & visibility over the supply chain – requirements.
- 43:18 – ESPR will evolve over time and cause headaches for importers…
- 46:23 – The key data you need to start collecting NOW.
- 48:13 – Will ESPR negatively impact SMEs more than large businesses?
- 52:36 – You have been warned!
We are not lawyers. What we discussed above is based only on our understanding of the regulatory requirements. We do not present this information as a basis for you to make decisions, and we do not accept any liability if you do so. Please consult a lawyer before taking action.
We’ve created some great resources on this topic – read them and get help here:
- What is the EU Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation? – long guide from Sofeast
- The EU Ecodesign Regulation Is Coming, But Are You Prepared? (Part 1)
- We support clients to comply with ESPR, too, so if you’re stuck or concerned Sofeast’s experts can help you get control of your supply chain and become more sustainable
- 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) – if you want to read the forthcoming regulation in full.
- Ecodesign for sustainable products
- What is the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD)?
- Sofeast can help you do a full background check on new (or existing) suppliers in Asia
- We can also source suppliers who provide transparent supply chain information to help you comply with EU demands
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