Study on the circular electronics initiative “Right to repair”

An important piece of the European Commission’s vision for a sustainable Europe is that consumers should be able to have their electronics repaired easily and at a reasonable and affordable cost. The default behaviour of every user should be to repair broken equipment instead of replacing it. This study supports this vision by exploring the possibility of a ‘Right to Repair’ and it serves as evidence base and factual input to underpin the EC’s work on circular electronics. It supports the Commission’s process by identifying possible options and their economic, social, and environmental impacts.

To this end, Metroeconomica carries out two tasks:

  • Problem identification. It consists of an economic assessment / business model development, to assess the overall societal costs, benefits, and effects of a right to repair on current and new markets, on sustainability and how to support a transition towards circularity, including the identification of potential incentive schemes or other measures needed to foster the development of more circular electronics markets.
  • Options to address problems identified. It consists of assessingthe micro- and macro-economic impacts of the options retained using methods, models, and cost-benefit analysis tools, comparing and ranking the identified options based on their impacts and indicating the most promising one
  1. Client
    European Commission
  2. Solution
    Circular economy
    Public policy
  3. Dates
    12/2020 – ongoing
  4. Location
    Belgium
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