An overview of Europe’s repair sector

An overview of Europe's repair sector

ETC-CE for the EEA (2022)
Publication Date
November, 2022
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Repair is one of the key circularity strategies, which can lead to extended product use and efficiency, reduced consumption of natural resources and materials, and minimizing the production of waste.

The importance of this sector has been acknowledged in several of the European Commission’s strategic documents, such as the European Green Deal and the Circular Economy Action Plan.

The aim of this report is to consolidate and advance the existing knowledge, and provide an evidence-based update on the status of the repair sector in Europe. The study focuses on three key product groups:

  1. electrical and electrical equipment (EEE),
  2. clothing and
  3. furniture,

and provides an overview of the value, size, challenges and opportunities of current repair activities in these sectors.