Durability of tools must be central criterion for EU traffic light system

For some time now, the question has been raised as to whether the European Union - in order to evaluate the sustainability or the ecological footprint of a tool - should introduce a traffic light system similar to the one that has been mandatory for electrical appliances for years.

The members of the association CEO (Comité Européen de l'Outillage / European Tool Association) are basically positive about these considerations - but demand that the issue of tool longevity should be taken into account as a central criterion for a potential evaluation scheme!

In the video interview, which we have prepared for you below broken down by question, CEO President Wilhelm Hahn explains the connection between longevity and sustainability in tool production, describes the advantages and opportunities for producers and consumers, and evaluates the "Made in Europe" designation of origin as a possible solution.

Furthermore, President Hahn emphasizes the importance of European quality manufacturers and outlines the current biggest challenges for the tooling industry in global competition as well as the braking effect of European regulation frenzy and protectionism. His demand to the EU: "There must be open markets and there must be open and fair competition. The EU should do everything possible to responsibly ensure fair and open conditions in a free, international market."

The Interview with Wilhelm Hahn, CEO President

Part 1: The three aspects of more sustainable production
Part 2: Why durable products are sustainable per se
Part 3: Quality of the raw material and production conditions
Part 4: In terms of longevity, a traffic light system is conceivable
Part 5: How a traffic light system could positively influence buying behavior
Part 6: Designation 'Made in Europe' can help - but there are also arguments against it
Part 7: Tools are products that last for generations
Part 8: There must be no compromises in quality, production and logistics
Part 9: All companies organized in the European Tool Association CEO are led by reasonable people
Part 10: Excessive regulation overburdens SMEs and lowers competitiveness
Part 11: If we continue like this, we will deprive ourselves of our basis for prosperity
Part 12: European companies must be able to manufacture products beyond Europe's borders on competitive terms
Part 13: European potectionism does no good because it raises prices for manufacturers and consumers
Part 14: Let's invest more in education, research and innovation activity
Part 15: Circular economy is the way to a more sustainable economy