November 4, 2022

Why YOU need to assess the Environmental Impact of Made-in-China Productions NOW

In this episode...

Renaud and friend of the show, compliance expert Clive Greenwood, are talking about why today's manufacturers should assess the environmental impact of their productions in China, because of the impending EU Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) that will demand that products become more sustainable and that you open up your supply chains for scrutiny. They also talk about what Chinese manufacturers think about this and provide some advice on how to get started on becoming compliant.

If you sell into the EU now, don't skip this! And if you sell into other developed markets, such as Canada, the USA, the UK, etc, it still applies to you as similar legislation is coming.


Show Sections

00:00 - Greetings and introducing the topic and our guest, Clive.

03:20 - The sustainability trend is embodied by the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation for putting products on the EU market. What is it?

07:37 - Does product design for sustainability play a role?

09:00 - Are any product categories in the crosshairs of the EU first?

18:00 - What are Chinese manufacturers doing about this sustainability requirement? Do they even know or care about it?

19:35 - Lithium-ion batteries: A growing environmental issue.

28:02 - Are other governments taking notice of this?

30:19 - How do companies usually assess the environmental impact of their products, including extraction and manufacturing?

33:12 - What a mobile phone lifecycle may include, and how ecodesign might affect how it's designed and developed.

39:45 - How will 'Fast Fashion' be affected?

42:30 - What can businesses do to become compliant?

50:51 - Your new commercial decision will not only be about a supplier's costs but also if they're able to assist you to comply with the new Ecodesign regulation.

53:04 - What the product passport includes.

55:18 - Advice for you if you're selling into the EU now.

59:03 - Wrapping up.


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