On March 30 2022, the European Commission unveiled a new package of initiatives falling under the European Green Deal umbrella, i.e. the Circular Economy package I. The package is intended to speed up the transition towards a circular economy and “make sustainable products the norm in the EU”. It consists of the following initiatives: the EU strategy for sustainable and circular textiles; a proposal on construction products; a proposal on informing and empowering consumers vis-à-vis environmental sustainability and “greenwashing”; and a proposal on imposing ecodesign requirements on products intended for the EU market. As for the latter, i.e. Proposal for a Regulation establishing a framework for setting ecodesign requirements for sustainable products and repealing Directive 2009/125/EC (i.e. “ESPR”), if adopted, it will apply to any physical good that is placed on the EU market or put into service (except for food, feed, and medicinal products). The ESPR will lay down a general framework for setting a wide range of requirements, incl. on product durability, reusability, upgradability, reparability, as well as recycled content, environmental impacts, and the presence of substances of concern. It will also introduce information requirements, via the so-called Digital Products Passport. It is important to underline that the European Commission will use this general framework as a basis to set out requirements for each product or groups of products, this means that more specific requirements will be established in the future via secondary legislation. In a preliminary assessment, the European Commission said that it may prioritise the following product categories: textiles, furniture, mattresses, tyres, detergents, paints, lubricants, as well as iron, steel and aluminium. In terms of next steps, the ESPR will now undergo the relevant legislative process, and it needs to be endorsed by both the European Parliament and the Council/EU Member States before it can start applying. For further information, please click here and here. The European Commission has also launched a public consultation to gather stakeholders’ views on the proposal. Please follow this link to access the relevant documents and submit your feedback.