Environmental Assessment

France’s Environmental Decree for Waste Generating Products

France published Decree 2022-748 on April 29th,2022, informing consumers on the environmental characteristics of waste-generating products to ensure better environmental strategies and transparency.

Why does this Environmental Decree Matter?

The environmental decree 2022-748 requires French market manufacturers, producers, distributors, and importers of articles to inform consumers of environmental information before purchase. The information must also be available and maintained after the purchase.

France’s Environmental Decree for Waste Generating Products - 2022-748

When do you Need to Comply with the French Environmental Decree?

A gradual implementation based on annual turnover rates applies to this new environmental decree. The following deadlines apply according to the annual turnover rate of the concerned companies:

Implementation Deadline

Annual Revenue (Euros)

Units Placed on the National Market

Scope

January 1, 2023

> 50 million

> 25 000

Company-wide

January 1, 2024

20 million

> 10 000

  • Building products and materials
  • Passenger cars, vans, motor vehicles (with 2 or 3 wheels), and motor quadricycles
  • Toys

January 1, 2025

> 10 million

> 10 000

Company-wide

Furthermore, companies can disclose the information to consumers using traditional markings and environmental labels. However, they can also do this electronically. For instance, you can use the following to fulfill this requirement:

  • posters
  • labels
  • websites
  • product pages
  • QR codes
QR codes Product Environmental Information

Products and Statements Applicable to this Environmental Decree

First, the main products targeted by 2022-748 are electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), packaging products, batteries, textiles, motorized vehicles, and other household items. The following tables illustrate the statements displayed on these products to reflect environmental requirements.

Applicable Products: Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Subject

Displayed Statement

Reparability

Reparability index

Sustainability

Sustainability index

Presence of precious metals

“Product contains at least [X milligrams] of precious metals”

Presence of rare earth metals

"Product contains at least [X milligrams] of rare earths" or "Product contains at least [X milligrams] of scandium, yttrium, lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium”

Presence of harmful substances

“Product contains a dangerous substance”

Presence of EU REACH SVHCs

"Product contains a substance of very high concern (SVHC)"

Percentage of recycled materials

“Product contains at least [X% of recycled materials]”

Recyclability

Recyclability status

Applicable Products: Packaging

Environmental Labeling

Displayed Statement

Compostable product

“Compostable packaging”

Reusable or Refillable product

“Reusable” or “Refillable”

Presence of harmful substances

“Product contains a dangerous substance”

Presence of EU REACH SVHC

"Product contains a substance of very high concern (SVHC)"

Presence of recycled materials

“Product contains at least [X% of recycled materials]”

Recyclability

Recyclability status

Applicable Products: Textiles

Environmental Labeling

Displayed Statement

Presence of more than 50% synthetic fibers

"Releases plastic microfibers into the environment during washing"

Traceability

Disclose the country where the following manufacturing steps occur:

  • weaving
  • dyeing and printing
  • making

 

For shoes:

  • quilting
  • assembly
  • finishing

Presence of recycled materials

“Product contains at least [X% of recycled materials]”

Recyclability

Recyclability status

Additionally, since France is in the European Union (EU), other environmental regulations like the packaging waste directive can apply.

Does this Environmental Decree Allow for Information to be written in English?

The decree requires that the information is in French. Indeed, it is the only official language of France. However, you can also provide the information in English.

France’s Environmental Decree for Waste Generating Products
LCA of devices

Other Possible Environmental Requirements

Finally, other EU labeling requirements apply to the French market. For example, on top of Decree 2022-748, eco-design obligations can also apply. These include cadmium-free requirements for displays and comparative Energy Efficiency information.

Want to know what product environmental information applies to your products? Contact Enviropass for a free consultation.