The household appliance industry in Europe continues to make a significant contribution to the environment challenges facing Europe by reducing environmental impacts across products, services and operations.
Over many years producers have acted to ensure that the environmental impact of the consumer use of appliances is minimised while workable solutions are delivered to lessen the impact in production and disposal of appliances no longer in use.
In the development, manufacturing, distribution and service of our equipment, CECED members are committed to reducing the environmental impacts most relevant to our activities. This commitment is reflected at every stage of the product life cycle to reduce resource consumption, waste and pollution. Materials in household appliances comprise largely of steel, plastic and electronic components. CECED members aim at improving material use in the manufacturing of our products for resource efficiency and easier recyclability without compromising product quality and performance.
CECED has a longstanding experience with e-waste legislation. The volumes of e-waste collected and properly recycled has steadily increased through the investments made by industry to comply with the Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. Better recycling techniques have developed through proactive initiatives of producers to provide guidance to recyclers and supporting introduction of European standards with respect to collection, handling, storage, recycling, preparation for re-use and disposal of WEEE.
In addition to e-waste issues (WEEE), CECED focuses on EU environmental policy and legislation relating to chemicals and substances (REACH & RoHS), air quality (F-Gases), raw materials, resource efficiency and sustainable production and consumption.
Through participation in workshops, stakeholder consultations, high-level events and bilateral with EU policymakers, CECED shares its suggestions and recommendations on environmental policy.