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Proposal for a New Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR): A Circular Economy Revolution for Product Design

Jun 21, 2023 Proposal for a New Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR): A Circular Economy Revolution for Product Design

Whitepaper Overview:

The proposal for a new Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) sets out the EU Commission’s ambitious plan to create a framework for making all products placed on the EU market sustainable.

It aims to go far beyond the scope of the existing Ecodesign Directive by applying sustainability and circular economy measures to the broadest range of products possible.

This whitepaper looks at the key requirements under the latest draft texts from the EU Council general approach and the EU Parliament ENVI position.

It includes analysis of the proposed scope of products covered and exclusions, performance requirements, the new digital product passport, provisions on substances of concern and the measures on the destruction of unsold consumer goods under the proposed Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR).

This Whitepaper Covers:

  • Why is the EU Commission proposing the ESPR?
  • What products are covered and what are excluded from scope?
  • Types of proposed ecodesign requirements
  • Chemicals and substances of concern
  • Unsold consumer products – disclosure and destruction

*This whitepaper was originally published on 21st June, 2023. Further regulatory developments may have occurred after publication. To keep up-to-date with the latest compliance news, sign up to our newsletter.


Michelle Walsh

Michelle Walsh, Senior Regulatory Compliance Specialist, Compliance & Risks

Michelle is a Senior Regulatory Compliance Specialist at Compliance & Risks. Michelle is an Irish qualified lawyer and is currently living in Belgium.

Michelle has over 15 years experience in global environmental and product regulation and is responsible for providing clients with key regulatory information and answering complex queries.

Her specialty areas are the circular economy, energy efficiency, ecodesign, waste electrical & electronic equipment (WEEE) and the transboundary movement of hazardous waste.

She manages a team of legal specialists and regulatory analysts and is the project lead for numerous projects on assessing legal requirements in global product regulations.