esap | WRAP UK

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Sustainability Action Plan (esap)

WRAP is transforming the electrical and electronic equipment industry using collective action to generate value through sustainability.

Our industry-led collaborative framework aims to deliver an industry that has a positive environmental impact on the communities it trades in, takes care over the resources it uses and delivers tangible economic benefits to society.

Join us on our mission and start taking action through the five key areas of esap:

Theme one:

Product durability

Our research into product durability found that product lifetimes are not meeting consumer expectations and that 80% of customers prefer products that last longer, and offer longer lifetime guarantees.

Using this research, WRAP is undertaking an in-depth investigation to understand how business can create more durable products and how they communicate product durability to consumers purchasing electrical or electronic products.

To help your business reap the benefits of enhanced product durability, we have produced the following detailed guidance and advice:

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Theme two:

Minimising product returns

Product returns cost businesses an estimated £400million* every year. By reducing these returns, your business can make substantial cost savings, through a reduction in the costs of handling returns and the lost value associated with the discounted sale of returned items.

To help you minimise your product returns, we have produced the following detailed guidance and advice:

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Theme three:

Consumer behaviour and sustainable products

To make the most of products and materials in the electrical and electronic products value chain, businesses need to understand how they can influence the way consumers purchase, use, dispose of, or sell-on their used electrical and electronic products.

Using WRAP research, businesses can analyse consumer behaviour and gain insights into how to create new product offerings and income streams.

To assist you in analysing and changing how your consumers purchase, use and return your products, we have produced the following detailed guidance and advice:

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Theme four:

Resource efficient business models

At the heart of developing a more sustainable approach to electrical and electronic products, is identifying how your current business model uses resources.

Resource Efficient Business Models are central to creating commercial value from the five themes of the Electrical and Electronic Products Sustainability Action Plan and offer companies opportunities to achieve growth through new product and service offerings, whilst simultaneously meeting their sustainability goals.

To assist you in introducing a resource efficient business model into your business, we have produced the following detailed guidance and advice:

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Theme five:

Re-use and recycling

From gadget trade-in schemes, to the recovery of second-hand, used or disposed of items, businesses working in the electrical and electronic products sector can use WRAP's research to fully exhaust all the available value and working life from their products, recover precious metals and encourage customers to donate or sell products they no longer want.

To assist you in incorporating a cost-effective scheme for the re-use or recycling of your products, we have produced the following detailed guidance and advice:

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Sign-up to the esap voluntary agreement

Our esap voluntary agreement generates value from sustainability by bringing together key organisations to share best practice and take action in creating valuable change.

Who's already signed up

The agreement: By signing up, your business agrees to play its part in working with WRAP to take direct action in the five key areas of esap.

Benefits of signing-up to esap

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    Increase revenue and customer satisfaction through products with extended lifetimes, lower return rates, and fewer claims on warranty.
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    Connect with organisations working across the industry to discover innovative new tools, techniques and processes to improve sustainability and increase revenue.
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    Enables your organisation to save money and cut costs through recycling used material, reclaiming usable components and recovering critical raw materials.
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    Advertise your organisation's sustainable credentials to customers and partners through recognition as an esap signatory.
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    Dedicated support from WRAP's team of technical specialists and Key Account Managers, allowing your organisation to benefit from professional support in implementing esap - from trained professionals with invaluable experience in the industry.
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    Gain professional guidance in implementing UK, European, and International policy with WRAP's expert policy knowledge and relationships with international policy makers.
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    Join esap collaboration meetings to have a voice in the future sustainability of the industry.
How to sign-up

What else can my organisation do?

WRAP encourages all organisations, whether large or small, to consider how they can use our research to reduce their environmental impact and gain some of the £800million income lost each year through waste electricals, as detailed in WRAP's Switched on to Value report.

Discover more about:

REBus

Find out more about resource efficient business models with WRAP's work on the REBus Project.

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Better Appliances

Use our Better Appliances guide to ensure your product design is as durable and efficient as possible

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View all of WRAP's evidence base for esap:

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Meet the experts

Contact our industry experts to discuss the ways in which your organisation can benefit from signing up to esap.

Greg
Lucas

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Lucy
Cooper

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Agata
Wolk-Lewanowicz

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David
Tozer

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Tom
Whitehead

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