The UK government is planning to launch the 'right to repair' law this summer and its good news for the trade.
This new law will extend the lifespan of electronics and machinery by about a decade. As per the law, it will become legally mandatory for manufacturers of white goods to sell spare parts to fix more issues with the household at home.
What is the ‘right to repair’ law?
The law will encourage the fixing of faulty electrical products themselves instead of opting for a replacement. The law is favourable to those who have experienced the inconvenience and hefty expenses of replacing their home appliances.
Why this is good for the trade
Consumers and businesses are quickly becoming more aware of the impact purchasing decisions make on the environment. This is helping to boost a growing repair first, replace second approach to electrical products and goods.
In the USA, a number of states have already passed similar laws with the winners being qualified trades, picking up work where consumers would normally just buy something new.
Saving consumers money
If the purchase rate for these goods slows down, it will help save customers money. Higher standards established for energy efficiency would save consumers nearly £75 a year on bills.
At the same time, it will also reduce carbon emission, contributing to the UK government’s net-zero target by 2050. This is true, especially in combination with new energy labels introduced in the UK in 2021.
Here is the list of items that the ‘right to repair’ law will apply to:
- Washing Machines
- Light sources and separate control gears
- Electronic displays, including televisions
- Electric motors
- Welding equipment
- Power transformers
Impact of the Law
The law may extend the lifespan of the above-listed white goods by up to ten years. Though some items may have to be replaced, this will often be held off the longer.
It is estimated that the new 'right to repair' rule will reduce the 1.5 million tonnes of electrical waste generated annually in the UK. Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng says that they plan to tighten product standards.
It will ensure more electronic items can be repaired rather than throw as scrap. Their upcoming energy efficiency framework will promote electrical products that consume less material and energy resources.