The Emerging ‘Right to Repair’ legislation in the EU and the U.S.

Sahra Svensson, Jessika Luth Richter, Eléonore Maitre-Ekern, Taina Pihlajarinne, Aline Maigret, Carl Dalhammar

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The transition to a Circular Economy (CE) aims for more efficient use of resources and reconsideration of how products are designed and used, including promoting longer lifetimes through design and repair. However, several factors influence whether it is an option for the consumer to repair the product. These range from legal and market impediments to factors of cost, convenience, and consumer preference. In this paper, we examine the current state of right to repair and different stakeholder perspectives. We outline the fundamental barriers to accessing repair services for consumer electronics as well as current and proposed policies in both the EU and U.S. promoting access to repair. Following a comparison of initiatives, we conclude by discussing the need to balance stakeholder interests in defining the desired scope of Right to Repair (R2R) - distinguished from a fully open access to repair - within the context of CE goals.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventGoing Green CARE INNOVATION 2018 - Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 2018 Nov 272018 Nov 29


ConferenceGoing Green CARE INNOVATION 2018
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Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Environmental Management

Free keywords

  • repair
  • right to repair
  • Intellectual property rights (IPR)
  • electronics environmental impact
  • Ecodesign Directive
  • ecodesign
  • Circular Economy


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