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Will EU directions impact IT Brokerage? Absolutely! By Free ICT
Posted by Mario Biemans on April 9th, 2020
Will EU directions impact IT Brokerage?
For smartphones, PC, Laptops, Servers & Storage and network hardware.
Absolutely!
The BrokerSite supports the Free ICT Europe Foundation

The European Commission has put the Circular Economy as a priority with the Green Deal. The call to be more ambitious results in change in focus, like a high priority for reduction of resource use, extending life-cycles; this is placed above energy reduction. So, new laws and policies will have direct impact to the secondary market, your business.
Besides putting regulations in place that will promote re-use, our call to the EC “practise what you preach” has been noted; public procurement plans include that this sector will be driven to buy refurbished hardware!
Some recent developments:

A. A new standard (EN 45554) for the assessment of repairability, reusability and upgradeability of Ecodesign products has been published.
1. Opening doors that are beneficial for independent businesses. One of the first product groups that will be worked out in line with this is Servers and Storage (ENTR Lot 9).

B. A Draft of the Green Public Procurement (GPP) policy of Computers/Laptops/ Tablets/Smartphones has been shared with stakeholders, like Free ICT Europe.
1. Currently the text contains: an XX% of the assets to be purchased should be Refurbished!
2. The GPP policies were voluntary, though will become partly mandatory

C. The EU Circular Economy Action Plan involves:
1. Less waste – More Value (Reuse an important factor of course)
2. Extending product life-cycles; Focus on limiting resource consumption, rather than only limiting energy reduction.
3. Set right-to-repair as a priority, including the right to update obsolete software, availability of repair info.
4. Review Intellectual Property policies, opening the door to discuss the IP Exhaustion law that enforces Import restrictions – at least for used products.

D. The Ecodesign Action Plan 2020-2024 – setting requirements for selected product groups;
1. Servers & Storage + PC/Laptops already to be worked out further
2. Smartphones to be a new product group


What is the new Circular Economy Action Plan?
The new Circular Economy Action Plan starts with a sobering note: There is only one planet Earth, yet by 2050, the world will be consuming as if there were three.
“The model of ‘take-make-use-dispose’ has reached its limits as it pushes us to a resource crisis,' Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Environment Commissioner, says.
Companies continue to produce at prolific rates and consumers are wholeheartedly buying in, both figuratively and literally. The new action plan takes aim at stopping this type of environmentally damaging behavior by introducing strong measures to govern and extend the life-cycle of products. At the core of the action plan is the idea of a circular economy, which severely curtails waste and consumption by embracing more sustainable practices.
The net result of all these actions? A potential windfall of 700,000 new jobs added to the EU economy, more empowered consumers and a better protected environment.
ICT and the new Circular Economy Action Plan
Although the new plan represents several industries, electrical- and ICT equipment feature prominently. ICT is among the EC’s focus areas as it continues to be one of the fastest growing waste streams in the EU.
The EC also plans to re-evaluate legislation surrounding intellectual property to ensure that intellectual property laws enable the circular economy and, in turn, support the green transition and EU businesses’ competitiveness.
“The IP laws, also used to block import, will be discussed. In the light of the Green Deal, we will make a strong call to have free trade of (Used) products.”

Invest in a better future
The future is rife with opportunity for independent providers and SMEs in the ICT industry. Free ICT is a stakeholder in several researches, policy developments and working groups to support the transition to an open circular economy and will be closely involved with new discussions and actions set.
The potential for a more competitive and sustainable economy is there and Free ICT is prepared to make sure it’s realised. As a non-profit foundation entering a critical phase in its mission, we need your support more than ever. Next to our ongoing work we need funding to hire specialists to pro-actively lobby in Brussels.
Free ICT depends on the generosity of its donors. Become an investor where the ROI is a better future for the yourself and other independent providers. Thank you!
Please contact: Christina van Oostrum, christina@freeict.eu or visit www.freeict.eu


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Will EU directions impact IT Brokerage? Absolutely! By Free ICT
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Will EU directions impact IT Brokerage?
For smartphones, PC, Laptops, Servers & Storage and network hardware.
Absolutely!
The BrokerSite supports the Free ICT Europe Foundation

The European Commission has put the Circular Economy as a priority with the Green Deal. The call to be more ambitious results in change in focus, like a high priority for reduction of resource use, extending life-cycles; this is placed above energy reduction. So, new laws and policies will have direct impact to the secondary market, your business.
Besides putting regulations in place that will promote re-use, our call to the EC “practise what you preach” has been noted; public procurement plans include that this sector will be driven to buy refurbished hardware!
Some recent developments:

A. A new standard (EN 45554) for the assessment of repairability, reusability and upgradeability of Ecodesign products has been published.
1. Opening doors that are beneficial for independent businesses. One of the first product groups that will be worked out in line with this is Servers and Storage (ENTR Lot 9).

B. A Draft of the Green Public Procurement (GPP) policy of Computers/Laptops/ Tablets/Smartphones has been shared with stakeholders, like Free ICT Europe.
1. Currently the text contains: an XX% of the assets to be purchased should be Refurbished!
2. The GPP policies were voluntary, though will become partly mandatory

C. The EU Circular Economy Action Plan involves:
1. Less waste – More Value (Reuse an important factor of course)
2. Extending product life-cycles; Focus on limiting resource consumption, rather than only limiting energy reduction.
3. Set right-to-repair as a priority, including the right to update obsolete software, availability of repair info.
4. Review Intellectual Property policies, opening the door to discuss the IP Exhaustion law that enforces Import restrictions – at least for used products.

D. The Ecodesign Action Plan 2020-2024 – setting requirements for selected product groups;
1. Servers & Storage + PC/Laptops already to be worked out further
2. Smartphones to be a new product group


What is the new Circular Economy Action Plan?
The new Circular Economy Action Plan starts with a sobering note: There is only one planet Earth, yet by 2050, the world will be consuming as if there were three.
“The model of ‘take-make-use-dispose’ has reached its limits as it pushes us to a resource crisis,' Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Environment Commissioner, says.
Companies continue to produce at prolific rates and consumers are wholeheartedly buying in, both figuratively and literally. The new action plan takes aim at stopping this type of environmentally damaging behavior by introducing strong measures to govern and extend the life-cycle of products. At the core of the action plan is the idea of a circular economy, which severely curtails waste and consumption by embracing more sustainable practices.
The net result of all these actions? A potential windfall of 700,000 new jobs added to the EU economy, more empowered consumers and a better protected environment.
ICT and the new Circular Economy Action Plan
Although the new plan represents several industries, electrical- and ICT equipment feature prominently. ICT is among the EC’s focus areas as it continues to be one of the fastest growing waste streams in the EU.
The EC also plans to re-evaluate legislation surrounding intellectual property to ensure that intellectual property laws enable the circular economy and, in turn, support the green transition and EU businesses’ competitiveness.
“The IP laws, also used to block import, will be discussed. In the light of the Green Deal, we will make a strong call to have free trade of (Used) products.”

Invest in a better future
The future is rife with opportunity for independent providers and SMEs in the ICT industry. Free ICT is a stakeholder in several researches, policy developments and working groups to support the transition to an open circular economy and will be closely involved with new discussions and actions set.
The potential for a more competitive and sustainable economy is there and Free ICT is prepared to make sure it’s realised. As a non-profit foundation entering a critical phase in its mission, we need your support more than ever. Next to our ongoing work we need funding to hire specialists to pro-actively lobby in Brussels.
Free ICT depends on the generosity of its donors. Become an investor where the ROI is a better future for the yourself and other independent providers. Thank you!
Please contact: Christina van Oostrum, christina@freeict.eu or visit www.freeict.eu


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