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Advantages – Why does the machine tool industry choose self-regulation?

Ecodesign is a strategic choice

Our industry has a proven track record in embedding environmental objectives pro-actively in products and services. Our vision as a responsible, sustainable and highly innovative industry is to cover environmental aspects throughout the whole product life-cycle of including the very early stage of design, production, use and end-of-life.    
 
The machine tool industry sees ecodesign not as a question of legal compliance but as a strategic issue affecting the long-term sustainability of businesses. We are continuously trying to maximize efficiency of the equipment and services, while contributing to a more sustainable and greener environment.
 
As well as growing legislative requirements needed to address environmental impacts of products, changing external market conditions have recently driven eco-design to the forefront of business strategies. Increased concerns of global warming and pollution influence the buying decision of consumers, thus favouring environmentally friendly products. Moreover, an increasing number of consumers make their buying decision, based on the costs endured throughout the product’s life.
 
Our industry is fully aware of the business advantages and positive environmental and economic benefits that smarter design would bring about. CECIMO believes that an industry-driven methodology to implement the Ecodesign Directive requirements would generate these benefits by bearing the least cost on industry and ensuring the industrial competitiveness by minimizing excessive administrative burden.  The machine tool industry has the capacity and motivation to come up with economical and effective solutions to achieve the environmental performance objectives.
 

Some good reasons to choose self-regulation

Industries regulated by self-regulation will not be bound by mandatory requirements decided at the Commission level.
Self-regulation allows the European machine tools industry to define the rules they will have to follow (in the framework of ErP directive) by adapting them to their own structure, products and customer needs. This means that the industry will have a driving role in how the Directive will be implemented.
 
The intended goal of the Self-Regulatory Initiative (SRI) is to increase the ecological performance of each machine tool while maintaining the freedom of innovation, minimizing administrative burdens and clearly positioning advanced manufacturing against copycat.
 
Self-regulation gives machine tool builders the chance to choose the most appropriate technological option to achieve environmental performance objectives in a fast and less costly manner.
 
In short, the machine tool industry prefers self-regulation for the following benefits it provides:

  • Full freedom and reduced costs in defining the rules, since the content and organisational aspects have to be covered, but need not follow the rules and timeline of external actors.
  • Reduced costs in compliance actions with the self-regulatory initiative as the actions are defined by the branch and market actors themselves.
  • Strengthening the European market actors. As developers of the approach they can freely position themselves, through creative design of enforcement and reporting rules, against international competitors who will need to follow the Self-Regulatory Initiative.


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