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Parliamentary question - E-000705/2024(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius on behalf of the European Commission

With the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2022-2024[1], the Commission announced the preparation of regulatory measures for imaging equipment under the Ecodesign Directive[2].

The objective of this initiative is to make imaging equipment more material- and energy-efficient, and by doing so to reduce its overall environmental impact.

In support of this initiative the Joint Research Centre has conducted a preparatory study[3], to identify and assess possible ecodesign requirements for these products. Requiring cartridges to be universally usable was not identified as one of the possible requirements to pursue further.

On the basis of this preparatory study and an impact assessment, the Commission will consider ecodesign requirements to make imaging equipment, including cartridges, more durable and easier to remanufacture, repair and reuse.

Furthermore, as cartridges containing electrical/electronic parts fall within the scope of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive[4], waste from such cartridges must be collected and treated according to the requirements of this directive.

In addition, as this directive incorporates the waste hierarchy, where possible, preparation for reuse of waste cartridges is prioritised over recycling by ensuring that users can give back to the distributors on a one-to-one basis their old cartridge when they buy a new one and by granting access for personnel from reuse centres to WEEE collection points.

Last updated: 3 May 2024
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