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Appliance 'right to repair' law coming this summer

While a new product efficiency grading system will see less products in the top group.

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By Matt Maynard · 10th March 2021

Ministers have confirmed they are implementing an EU rule as promised, which aims to cut energy and bills while reducing the need for new materials. 

Come the summer, manufacturers will be legally obliged to make spare parts for products, with the aim to extend the lifespan of products by up to 10 years. Higher energy efficiency standards being introduced too will also see customers save an average of £75 a year on bills. 

These news rules have been estimated to reduce the 1.5 million tonnes of electrical waste the UK generates in a year, contributing to reducing carbon emissions. 

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: 

"Our plans to tighten product standards will ensure more electrical goods can be fixed rather than thrown on the scrap heap - putting more money back in the pockets of consumers whilst protecting the environment."

New energy labels have also been introduced this week to raise the bar from EU efficiency standards, which would usually see products graded in the top A group. Now very few appliances will make it into the top A group. 

Emilie Carmichael from the Energy Saving Trust said: 

"Simplifying the way energy efficiency is displayed on labels will help consumers to make more informed choices to reduce their energy consumption and bills."

"The new regulations should come into force in the summer. They reflect what was agreed by the UK and the EU member states two years ago."

"They will apply in Great Britain, while EU rules will continue to apply in Northern Ireland."

Source: BBC News

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