AMDEA roadmap calls for reduced VAT on appliance repairs

AMDEA is launching a roadmap to deliver the UK’s Sustainable Appliance Future at a House of Commons reception, today, on March 18, 2023.

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UK trade organisation the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) is launching a roadmap to deliver the UK’s Sustainable Appliance Future at a House of Commons reception, today, on March 20, 2023.

AMDEA roadmap

The 20-point manifesto will be unveiled in the presence of MPs from all parties and stakeholders.  

Beko MD and AMDEA chair Teresa Arbuckle and AMDEA CEO Paul Hide will be joined by appliance manufacturer representatives and senior civil servants.

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The industry is calling for policy makers to consider and support the potential of fridges, freezers, washing machines and other home appliances to help achieve net zero homes.

There are three main areas of the manifesto: transitioning to a Net Zero Circular Economy, continuing the free-flow of appliances across borders and safeguarding consumers.

One key AMDEA recommendation is for policy makers to introduce incentives to encourage households to repair or refurbish their existing appliances, in preference to replacing, such as reducing VAT on spare parts and labour costs.

AMDEA is also calling on Government to give grants to help householders benefit from the significant energy, water and cost savings delivered by modern eco-efficient appliances.

Paul Hide, CEO of AMDEA said:  “Modern appliances can reduce the energy and water consumption by up to half of that of older appliances.

“A more flexible Green Home Grants scheme would go a long way to help householders who need to replace appliances to choose those that can reduce their energy and water bills.

“The appliance industry continues to innovate to become ever more sustainable and contribute to the circular economy.

“We are keen to work even closer with Government to ensure that householders are incentivised to maximise the lifespan of their current appliances, to support a sustainable circular economy.

“As well as encouraging them to purchase new appliances that are the most energy and water efficient for their available budget.”

The roadmap also includes:

  • Recommending the Government takes a fresh approach to protecting consumers through policing of online appliances marketplaces, so purchases are as safe as those made on the high street.
  • Safeguarding the ongoing availability of energy and water saving products at affordable prices for UK consumers, through UK regulations.
  • Ensuring eco-technology can fulfil its potential via Government collaboration to provide consumers with information on how to achieve cost, energy and water savings, such as AMDEA’s Know Watt’s What  
  • Providing clear and simple consumer information labelling on appliancesand give a straightforward guide to consumers on the efficiency of their appliances.

Paul Hide concluded: “We encourage Government to work ever closer with the appliance industry to design workable regulations and legislation that can achieve our mutual goals of providing safe, efficient and technologically advanced machines at reasonable prices for UK consumers.”