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10 Mar 20211 minute read

New laws to tackle appliance obsolescence

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New laws to tackle appliance obsolescence

New legislation has been introduced by the government to tackle so-called ‘premature obsolescence’ in household electronics and appliances such a washing machines, ovens, dishwashers and fridges.

The new law should force manufacturers to make electrical appliances last longer and save energy. This will in turn help reduce electronic waste and make appliances cheaper and more energy efficient.

Sky news reports that manufacturers will have a legal requirement to make spare parts available to customers, which aims to extend the lifespan of products by up to 10 years and cut carbon emissions from the manufacture of new goods.

Business and Energy Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: "Our plans to tighten product standards will ensure more of our 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.

"Going forward, our upcoming energy efficiency framework will push electrical products to use even less energy and material resources, saving people money on their bills and reducing carbon emissions as we work to reach net zero by 2050."