Over the past ten years, a raft of EU legislation has been passed making white goods like fridges, dishwashers and washing machines more efficient, recyclable and connected.
In this Special Report, EURACTIV dives into the changes that have already taken place and the new rules that are about to take effect. There will be difficulties in store in the years ahead in implementing the legislation and getting consumers on board.
There are a few stepping stones on the journey to better lifestyles and a memorable five-year mandate.
European legislation has made appliances like washing machines and dishwashers even more water and energy efficient than washing clothes and dishes by hand. The next step is to connect these appliances to the web and allow them to act independently.
The European Commission has put changes in place that are making household appliances more energy efficient and recyclable. But the key will be in implementation of these rules, says the Commission's director for Industrial transformation.