Design for a circular economy: reducing the impacts of the products we use

Circular economy Energy efficiency Eco-innovation Environmental impacts Sustainability United Kingdom

Ecodesign standards and energy labelling have been a huge success story, improving the efficiency of everyday products, reducing their environmental impact and cutting energy bills for consumers. However, despite these successes, there are other environmental impacts of products that ecodesign does not address but could, particularly resource use.

In this report, the legislation that has helped to drive greater energy efficiency is evaluated as well as recommendations to improve it. This includes ways to cut more energy and address resource efficiency to stop the UK getting through electronics at such an unsustainable rate. This, in turn, will limit significant production impacts like waste, pollution and habitat loss.

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