Electrical and Electronic Equipment Sustainability Action Plan (esap)

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Sustainability Action Plan (esap) is a collaborative framework coordinated by WRAP for sharing evidence and implementing sector-wide actions to improve business efficiency and the sustainability of electrical and electronic products.

Key Points

  • Collaborative framework for sharing evidence and implementing sector-wide actions to improve business efficiency and the sustainability of electrical and electronic products
  • Types of organisations involved include designers, manufacturers, retailers, service providers, consumer interest groups, re-use organisations, national and local government representatives, collectors, recyclers, compliance schemes and trade bodies

Who is involved in esap?

WRAP’s esap project aims to reduce environmental impact throughout the lifecycle of electrical and electronic products. In order to capture all those who influence the lifecycle impacts, esap is working with:

  • designers
  • manufacturers
  • retailers
  • service providers
  • consumer interest groups
  • re-use organisations
  • national and local government representatives
  • collectors
  • recyclers
  • compliance schemes
  • trade bodies

Which products are being focussed on?

WRAP has identified products that have the greatest resource impacts on the UK market and therefore has made them a priority before the scope is increased at a later date. The product categories are:

  • televisions
  • laptop computers
  • vacuum cleaners
  • refrigeration products
  • washing machines

What are the action themes?

Five 'action themes' are being worked on in relation to each of the priority product categories. These are:

  1. Extending product durability through design and customer information
  2. Minimising product returns
  3. Understanding and influencing consumer behaviour on product durability and reparability
  4. Implementing profitable, resilient and resource efficient business models
  5. Gaining greater value from re-use and recycling

Where can I find out more?

WRAP have a dedicated web page for esap.