6 Takeaways from the European Commission’s 2022 Green Deal.

6 Takeaways from the European Commission’s 2022 Green Deal.

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Last week, the European Commission presented a new package of proposals, accelerating the legal framework, to ensure that sustainable products, become the norm in the EU. These are grouped under a package of measures called The European Green Deal.

This comes 2 years after they announced their Circular Economy Action Plan, which included measures for the entire life cycle of products, to ensure the European economy is fit for a green future.

The New 2022 Action Plan, includes things like mandatory requirements to reduce overpackaging. A new regulatory framework for batteries for enhancing the sustainability and boosting the circular potential of batteries and a Circular Electronics Initiative, to have longer product lifetimes, and improve the collection and treatment of waste.

We’ve made a quick summary of last week’s announcements, here are 6 takeaways:

The Green Deal Proposals: Quick Guide.

1 The Green Deal, includes a new strategy to make textiles more durable, repairable, reusable and recyclable, to tackle fast fashion, textile waste and the destruction of unsold textiles, and ensure their production takes place in full respect of social rights.

2 The European Commission's Green Deal, suggests that up to 80% of a products environmental impact can be addressed at the design stage. That's why the proposal, sets new requirements to make products more durable, reliable, reusable, upgradable, reparable, easier to maintain, refurbish and recycle, and energy and resource efficient.

You can read our blog post about “designing your products for automation”, here you will find tips to help you reduce your product’s environmental impact.


3 All regulated products will have Digital Product Passports. It will contain product-specific information requirements, to ensure consumers know the environmental impacts of their purchases.

"The idea is to identify the most important information about the makeup of each product so that users across the supply chain can reuse it or treat it correctly at waste management facilities."

Kira Taylor

4 The proposal also contains measures to end the destruction of unsold consumer goods, as well as expand green public procurement and provide incentives for sustainable products.

5 The existing Ecodesign framework is now broader in a couple of ways: first, to cover the widest possible range of products; and second, to increase the scope of the requirements with which products are to comply. There is more clarity now with the criteria for energy efficiency, and also for circularity, as well as overall reduction of the environmental and climate footprint of products. In the future, we can expect a framework and a process through which the Commission, will progressively set out requirements for each product or group of products.

You may want to see the recently published “Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan”, for more specific details about the products that are being given high priority. 

6 Last but not least there are some specific guidelines talking about sustainable and circular textiles, which by the way has the fourth highest impact on the environment. In the future we can expect ecodesign requirements for textiles, a digital product passport and even a mandatory extended producer responsibility scheme. There will be specific measures to tackle the unintentional release of microplastics from textiles, measures to ensure the accuracy of green claims, and even guidances aimed at minimising fast fashion, calling companies to reduce the number of collections per year.

The European Commission is making quick progress to ensure Europe meets their sustainability goals. The existing Ecodesign rules, brought remarkable reductions in EU’s energy consumption. Just in 2021, these measures helped save consumers over €120 billions and led to a 10% lower annual energy consumption by the products included in the scope.

This new set of proposals can lead to 132 mtoe of primary energy savings, by 2030. This is close to 150bcm of natural gas. To understand this scale, this is the amount of gas the the EU imports yearly from Russia.

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Felix Rios

Felix Rios

Head of Marketing Intretech UK

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