When I first read about this initiative, I was duly impressed (once again) by the measures that Europe continue to take to lead the world in reducing greenhouse gases.
The introduction of a tax reduction for repairs to bicycles, clothes and shoes from 25% to 12% and allowing people to claim back from income tax half of the labour cost on repairs to appliances such as fridges, ovens, dishwashers and washing machines will definitely go far to reduce the amount of garbage thats ending up in our landfill and put more money back into the pockets of the everyday individual.
I do wonder though, why is the tax reduction only for bicycles, clothes and shoes ? How did they come up this short list of items ?
Also, talking about this topic with my co-founders, a good point was raised. Is it a good idea to keep repairing old, failing appliances that are vastly inefficient compared to the latest new energy efficient appliances ?
Hmmm…what do you think ?