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Aurélien Fleurot with AFP
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12:36 p.m., November 15, 2022

From 10 euros for a kettle or a toaster to 45 euros for a pc: the French ought to profit from a “bonus” in mid-December to have their electrical and digital home equipment repaired, an unprecedented increase to increase the tools life and scale back waste. This restore fund, supplied for by the round economic system legislation of early 2020, will come into drive on December 15, with a primary sequence of gadgets involved, adopted by different classes of apparatus from 2024.

500 approved repairers

Endowed with 410 million euros for six years, its financing is supplied by the producers, through the eco-organizations accountable for managing the tip of lifetime of the gadgets. From mid-December, people will be capable of go to one of many first 500 accredited repairers (labeled “QualiRépar”), and profit from a set low cost on their damaged drone or hood.

Among the many thirty or so varieties of eligible home equipment: filter espresso machine, iron (10 euros), vacuum cleaner, drill/screwdriver, DVD participant, residence cinema, musical instrument, bicycle, scooter (15 euros), video games, enclosure (20 euros), wine cellar, washer, fridge/freezer, pill, cell phone (25 euros), tv, video projector (30 euros).

The yr 2024 will open to fryers, printers, meals processors and different microwave ovens. In 2025, cellular air conditioners, hair dryers, followers… might be included (www.ecosystem.eco/label-qualirepar). Merchandise below guarantee (authorized, business, or through insurance coverage) might be excluded.

“This bonus responds to a logic of buying energy”

“This bonus responds to a logic of buying energy, to cut back the price of restore”, explains Nathalie Yserd, common supervisor of Ecosystem, which manages this fund with one other eco-organization, Ecologic. “Something that contributes to growing the lifespan of merchandise advantages the atmosphere, by avoiding reclaiming pure assets”, she provides, nonetheless addressing “with humility” a “precursor in Europe” gadget.

At present, an estimated 10 million repairs are carried out annually in France, the place round 1.5 billion items {of electrical} and digital tools flow into. Goal: to extend this quantity of repairs by 20%. “All of the nudges that may assist with the restore are favorable”, underlines Alice Elfassi, authorized supervisor of Zero Waste France, who nonetheless judges this quantity “a lot decrease than what was hoped for”.

Will this be sufficient to persuade the patron?

The NGO, along with Pals of the Earth, filed an attraction with the Council of State for the annulment of the decree creating the fund. The associations deplore a halving of the monetary envelope, after intense discussions between the events: the State has diminished from 20% to 10% the minimal charge of help for repairs. In response to the 2 eco-organizations, the mounted costs ought to correspond to roughly 20% of the typical value of restore.

Will this be sufficient to persuade the patron, first motivated, in accordance with an Ademe survey, by the value, then by the seriousness of the repairer? “The psychological threshold above which he’ll choose to purchase a brand new object is estimated between 25-30%. The target is due to this fact to method it”, underlines Nathalie Yserd.

The variety of accredited repairers should even be prolonged: 1,500 are anticipated by 2023, and 10,000 for 2027, with all kinds represented (impartial, after-sales service producers, after-sales service distributors). To acquire the QualiRépar label, granted for 3 years, all should have submitted their software to a certifying physique (Bureau Veritas, SGS or AFNOR), and responded to a reference system (abilities, worth transparency, and so forth.).

A “repairability index” steadily applied

Among the many first to be accredited was Maison Chartraine, which sells and repairs family home equipment close to Chartres. Its supervisor Emilie Lecuyer hopes that this bonus “will assist the restore course of”: “we’ve got to cease losing! I choose to make it final 5 extra years, and if the shopper is glad, in 5 years he’ll purchase from me. Individuals have to be accompanied, it brings again the human, the know-how”. And even when some gadgets will not be unscrewable, or are molded in a single piece, “manufacturers at all times permit restore”, she notes.

A “repairability index” is thus steadily being applied in France on sure tools, to assist the patron in his alternative on the time of buy.

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