Kurkime modernią Lietuvos ateitį kartu


LR Teisingumo ministerija

Sustainable consumption: how to encourage repair and reuse?

7 September 2023 - 1 March 2024


Over the last decades, replacement has often been prioritised over repair whenever products become defective and insufficient incentives have been given to consumers to repair their goods when the legal guarantee expires. According to Eurobarometer, goods that can still be repaired are often discarded, generating 35 million tonnes of waste, 30 million tonnes of resources and 261 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU every year. In addition, it is estimated that EU consumers lose almost €12 billion a year by replacing broken items with new ones, which they could save by choosing to repair them.

In light of these problems, on 22 March 2023, the European Commission adopted a new proposal for a Directive on common rules to encourage the repair of goods, also known as the “Right to Repair” Directive. It removes barriers that discourage consumers from repairing goods due to inconvenience, lack of transparency or difficulty in accessing repair services. The Directive therefore promotes repair as a more sustainable consumer choice that contributes to the European Green Deal and environmental objectives. The Right to Repair initiative is also estimated to generate €4.8 billion in growth and investment for the EU economy. This proposal is part of the European Commission’s broader goal of becoming the first climate neutral continent by 2050. This is only possible if consumers and businesses change their consumption and production habits to more sustainable ones.

The situation of repairing and reusing things in Lithuania is not well researched. In order to ensure the effectiveness of the transposition of the EU Directive into Lithuanian national law, it is important to fill this knowledge gap. This project aims to provide a detailed analysis of the repair and re-use ecosystem in Lithuania.


The aim of the project is to find out how to promote the repair and re-use of objects in Lithuania.

Project progress


Current situation analysis


Overview of good practices


SWOT analysis of the Lithuanian repair sector


Recommendations for the promotion of repair through compensation vouchers

Project files



Gintarė Petrauskaitė
Gintarė Petrauskaitė
Rūta Kukulskytė
Rūta Kukulskytė

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