Sustainability index: new drafts published in France
On 2 August, four decrees and an order introducing the sustainability index and regulating its application for certain types of EEE were received by the European Commission (the drafts are currently open for consultation on the TRIS database).
The documents aim to implement the provisions of Article L541-9-2 of the French Environmental Code, which provides for the introduction of a sustainability index.
The proposed sustainability index will replace the repairability index.
According to the draft order, producers and importers are responsible for the establishment of the index, which must be communicated to the public, as well as to distributors and sellers in an electronic format and free of charge. In addition, the index must be applied directly to the equipment or its packaging.
One of the decrees establishes the methods of display, signage and general parameters for calculating the index. The sustainability index will be presented in the form of a score out of 10, which is very similar to the currently applicable repairability index.
The three other draft decrees set the criteria, sub-criteria and rating system for the calculation and display of the sustainability index for household washing machines, smartphones and televisions.
The end of the standstill for all the drafts is set for 11 November.