BEDA’s proposals, whose aim is to support the main role of design in the EU Circular Economy Package, include:
- Highlighting the importance of design and emphasising the need to prioritize, especially in the design phase, the minimization of materials and energy use, the non-use of hazardous substances and the possibilities of materials reuse and recycling.
- Increasing the use of ecodesign criteria (including product design requirements for disassembly, reparability, recyclability and durability) in the European Commission’s product policies: European Ecolabel, Environmental Product Declarations, environmental footprint, etc.
- Improving consumers’ knowledge of environmental information about products through marketing campaigns. - Enabling access to finance through the European Structural and Investment Funds for those companies that invest in ecodesign strategies.
- Promoting ecodesign criteria (including product design requirements for disassembly, reparability, recyclability and durability) in public procurement, and making use of the possibilities offered by the new Directives*.
*Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 26 February 2014, on public procurement and Directive 2014/25/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 26 February 2014, on procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sector.