ETC/CE Report 6/2022 An overview of Europe's repair sector

25 Nov 2022

Shahrzad Manoochehri, Mathias Schluep, Yoko Dams, Georg Mehlhart, Dina Bekkevold Lingås, Giovanni Marin, Mariana Nicolau, Shane Colgan

Repair is one of key circularity strategies, which can lead to extended product use and efficiency, reduced consumption of natural resources and materials, and minimizing 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, electrical and electrical equipment (EEE), clothing and furniture and provides an overview of the value, size, challenges and opportunities of current repair activities in these sectors. Furthermore, the report provides an overview of the current repair behaviour in Europe, along with the underlying factors impacting these behaviours.