The modulation of the eco-fee

The modulation of the eco-fee

Ever since 2010, a modulation system aiming at encouraging the ecodesign of household appliances has been set up. In practical terms, the eco-fee is reduced for ecodesigned products while it may be increased in some cases.

How is the modulation applied?

  • For lamps, only LED lamps have a reduced eco-fee given their longevity, the absence of hazardous substances and their low energy consumption (€0.16 ex-tax/lamp put on the market against €0.20 ex-tax for other lamp technologies).
  • For household electrical equipment, the legislator selected the following two methods based on relevant products and applicable modulation criteria:
    • The first method aims at generalising “achievable” good practices by applying a penalty in the event the modulation criterion has not been met. For example, failing to provide the repairers with any technical documentation available leads to the application of a penalty.
    • The second method is based on an incentive approach, and should encourage manufacturers to set up more ambitious good practice strategies, applying a bonus in the event the modulation criterion has been met. For example, the absence of plastic parts containing brominated flame retardants leads to the application of a bonus.

Learn more about the modulation scale thanks to OCADE3’s technical note

Advice regarding the ecodesign of your products
Advice regarding the ecodesign of your products

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Significant impacts

  • More visibility of “end of life” ecodesign issues in a sector focusing on the use phase of a product.
  • Consistent dissemination of good practices to all producers.
  • Internal collaboration within member companies enabling an effective application of criteria, thus leading to reduced eco-fees.
  • Issues relating to waste prevention shared by all actors in the sector, including producers and recycling facilities (i.e. high standards with regard to the accessibility of spare parts, technical documentation available to authorised repairers...)