Studies on behalf of the German Environment Agency have shown, that most electrical appliances are being used for a decreasing amount of time than 10 years ago. Products that are replaced before they reached optimal product life-time or usage time (so-called obsolescence), lead to an increasing loss of resources and volume of waste. For this reason the German Environment Agency recognizes the need for action and has developed recommendations in a position paper on the basis of these studies.
Strategies against obsolescence Ensuring a minimum product lifetime and improving product service life as well as consumer information
position | 05/2017
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Dr. Ines Oehme, Anett Jacob, Lisa Cerny, Matthias Fabian, Michael Golde, Susann Krause, Christian Löwe, Herwig Unnerstall
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