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."