“Consumers must be able to make informed purchases to steer consumption and production towards more sustainable products,” defends the minister. Speaking Tuesday morning on the LN24 set, she said that “160 million electrical and electronic devices enter the Belgian market annually”, which generate “120,000 tonnes of waste”.
For each type of device, a complex grid of criteria (120 in number, specifies the minister) has been established to give a “score” to the product. The most important are the technical information provided with the device, the availability and price of spare parts or even its “disassembly”.
For telephone and computer equipment, a separate bill provides for the obligation to inform the purchaser of the duration of software compatibility. The list of consumer goods covered may be adapted by royal decree.
As part of the fight against planned obsolescence, this dynamic is all the more important as “we are faced with the scarcity of raw materials and our production and consumption methods are generators of CO2 emissions”, supports Zakia Khattabi. The repair sectors also create jobs that cannot be relocated, she adds.
“I hope that the text will pass by the end of the year to the government”, adds the minister in the morning on LN24. France having itself introduced such a score, the administrative burden should be “largely reduced” for many producers who sell to our neighbors, she says.