The Commission is proposing new rules to help consumers make informed and sustainable choices when purchasing mobile and cordless phones, and tablets, under the existing EU Energy Labelling Regulation. This new proposal comes on the same day as the approval of measures to make these devices more energy efficient, durable and easier to repair by the European Parliament and Council, following a Commission proposal in November 2022, under the EU Ecodesign Regulation.

These measures help to make the EU’s economy more circular, save energy, cut our carbon footprint, support circular business models and deliver the benefits of the European Green Deal for consumers.

Mobile phones and tablets produced according to these rules will save almost 14 terawatt hours in primary energy each year by 2030. This is one third of the primary energy consumption of these products today. The new rules will also help to optimise the use of critical raw materials and facilitate their recycling.

Under the Energy Labelling Regulation proposed today, smartphones and tablets put on the EU market will have to display

  •  information on their energy efficiency,
  • battery longevity,
  • protection from dust and water, and resistance to accidental drops.
  • This is also the first time that a product placed on the EU market will be required to display a reparability score. This will help EU consumers make more informed and sustainable purchasing choices and encourage sustainable consumption. 

The new products will use the existing and well-known A-G scale EU energy labels, and the EU-wide database European Product Registry for Energy Labels (EPREL) will provide additional information about the product.  

Moreover, the newly approved Ecodesign Regulation lays out minimum requirements for mobile and cordless phones and tablets being placed on the EU market, including:

  • Resistance to accidental drops or scratches, protection from dust and water and use of sufficiently durable batteries. Batteries should withstand at least 800 cycles of charge and discharge while retaining at least 80% of their initial capacity.
  • Rules on disassembly and repair, including obligations for producers to make critical spare parts available to repairers within 5-10 working days, and until 7 years after the end of sales of the product model on the EU market.
  • Availability of operating system upgrades for longer periods: for at least 5 years after the product has been placed on the market.
  • Non-discriminatory access for professional repairers to any software or firmware needed for the replacement.

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