EU Reaches Political Agreement on Revised Construction Products Regulation

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Glass for Europe Applauds Political Agreement to Revise Construction Products Regulation for Safer and Sustainable Construction

In a significant development on December 13, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU, and the EU Commission achieved a political agreement regarding the revision of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). This milestone is welcomed by Glass for Europe, recognizing its pivotal role in facilitating the introduction of safe, efficient, and sustainable construction products into the EU single market.

The current framework for the standardization of construction products, essential for the CE Marking of building glass, has been experiencing notable disruptions. The EU flat glass sector expresses confidence that the new CPR will instigate necessary improvements in the standardization of construction products, potentially resolving challenges related to numerous glass standards citations.

Beyond addressing immediate concerns, the revised legislation aims to align with the objectives of the Green Deal, emphasizing environmental considerations and promoting greater sustainability within the construction products industry. The text introduces specific environmental requirements for manufacturers to declare, with a focus on practices such as reusing and remanufacturing construction products. While detailed specifics await the release of the new text, Glass for Europe members have already taken proactive measures. The sector has voluntarily provided Environmental Product Declarations for years, and an upcoming paper will delve into the possibilities and constraints of reusing, remanufacturing, and recycling building glass.

Several provisions within the new legislative framework are poised to impact the glass and glazing sector significantly. These include simplified procedures for product type approvals and innovative digitalization and sustainability provisions. Glass for Europe is committed to seeking confirmation on these points and actively supporting the forthcoming implementation of the revised CPR. The goal is to ensure that flat glass manufacturers and the multitude of SMEs involved in transforming glass for buildings can effectively operate within this new regulatory landscape.

Source: Glass for Europe with additional information added by Apazone

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