British appliance manufacturer Rangemaster has welcomed new legislation to reduce electrical waste in the UK.
The tighter rules, announced by the Government, are set to come into force during the summer of 2021 and aim to extend the lifespan of household electrical appliances and make them cheaper to run.
Manufacturers will be required to make spare parts available to consumers for 10 years after products have gone to market, as outlined by the new legal ‘right to repair’.
Sales and marketing director for Rangemaster appliances Iskender Diker commented: “At Rangemaster, we welcome the changes to energy efficiency legislation and believe it is necessary to protect the future of our planet.
“The UK generates around 1.5 million tonnes of electrical waste every year, and the ‘right to repair’ rule will help extend the life of appliances, while preventing them from ending up on the scrap heap sooner than they should.”
The new legislation further supports consumers in purchasing more energy efficient appliances and follows the introduction of new energy labels and ratings.
However, these currently only apply to fridges and freezers, dishwashers, wine cabinets, washing machines and washer dryers.
Iskender Diker added: “The new ‘right to repair’ rules, combined with the new labels and energy efficiency standards, will help consumers make more informed decisions on the appliances they buy, helping reduce their energy bills, while extending the investment in new appliances.
“We support the UK’s plans to drive up product standards, increase efficiency of appliances and reduce carbon emissions.”