The Kbsa has welcomed the government’s commitment to provide a Right to Repair on goods they buy, from later this year.
The government says that the new rules will mean that items such as fridges and washing machines should last longer, be to cheaper to run and will reduce the 1.5 million tonnes of electrical waste which is generated in the UK each year.
“This is a welcome announcement,” said Kbsa national chair Richard Hibbert. “Not only is it good news for consumers but also for the environment as products that last longer and are more efficient will contribute to reducing carbon emissions overall.”
Kbsa corporate members also confirmed their support for the move, saying that they already put sustainability and customer safety at the heart of their businesses.
Ian Moverley, Director, UK Public Affairs at Whirlpool Corporation said, “Sustainability is core to our culture and we fully support changes that help customers so they can make the right choice for them. That’s why, for many years, we have been providing a 10 year guarantee for spare parts across our Hotpoint, Indesit and Whirlpool brands."
Gordon Dawson, Head of Kitchen Retail & Contracts at Electrolux said, “As a leading company in the area of sustainability, Electrolux is fully committed to the EU Eco-Design Legislation and its’ objective of energy efficiency and circularity to simplify the repair of domestic home appliances.
“We want to assist consumers to make sustainable choices and simplify their lives. We therefore consider the EU’s new Eco-Design Legislation for washing machines, washer dryers, dishwashers, and refrigerator/freezers, to be extremely important and we have implemented the necessary new actions, effective from 1st March 2021.”