Matilda Jarbin, COO at Godsinlösen Nordic AB (GIAB), declares why the EU needs to act now and why the repair industry is crucial in the transformation to a circular economy.

This case is part of the Circular Electronics Day 2021 best practices series. Multiple organizations stand behind this initiative that takes place on January 24 with the aim to encourage organizations and consumers to take a more responsible approach to electronics.

What is GIAB?

GIAB is an innovative fast-growing company that gives products a new life through circular economic principles. In an innovative way, GIAB has developed a reuse model by digitalization, efficiency and generation of sustainability data to meet the needs of large companies. By collecting, reconditioning, up-cycling, repairing and reselling to end consumers, GIAB reuses all kinds of products. Primarily sources are the insurance industry and e-commerce, but also directly from distributors and producers. All products are verified and become traceable through our in-house developed platform with a focus on profitability and sustainability. GIAB was founded in 2012 and has become an expert in implementing circular business models.

What is the right to repair?

The European Commission has during 2020 declared details about the planned package of measures called the Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP). The plan includes different measurements and legislation to benefit the “Right to repair”.

In November 2020, the EU parliament promoted a culture of reuse and improved reparability, and an extended lifespan of products by voting for the right to repair. The right to repair proposes new rules for waste management and the removal of legal obstacles that prevent repair, resale, and reuse. Among the suggestions is also making repairs more appealing, systematic, and cost-efficient, for example by providing guarantees for replaced parts or better access to information on repair and maintenance.

The right to repair seems to be promising but we are still waiting for the EU to vote about the details in 2021. The EU has indeed high ambitions but with the wide range of wording, it is difficult to know what the right to repair actually means and will result in. It’s going to be exciting to follow the European Commission’s work during this year. We welcome tough and efficient legislation.