Panel discussion “Strategies against obsolescence”

Vertretung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen bei der Europäischen Union
Rue Montoyer, 47
1000 Brüssel
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The German Environment Agency (UBA) kindly invites to a high level panel discussion in Brussels on “Strategies against obsolescence – strengthening of durability, reparability and consumer information”.

The service life of most electrical appliances and equipment is becoming ever shorter – at the expense of the environment. The production of new models requires the consumption of valuable precious metals and energy which are not compensated by innovations such as lower energy use. Many member states have addressed this issue and the Commission stresses the need to improve resource efficiency of products in its Action Plan on a Circular Economy. The European Parliament is expected to adopt its report “Longer lifetime for products: benefits for consumers and companies” in summer and the German Environment Agency published a position paper on “Strategies against obsolescence” in May. We would like to discuss the core recommendations of the above mentioned publications as well as different European approaches.
 
Representatives of DG Environment, the European Parliament, European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers (ceced), The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), the Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment of Belgium would like to discuss core recommendations as well as different European approaches.

The discussion belongs to the series of evening events in Brussels in the context of the circular economy package, organized by the German Environment Agency.

The distinguished panelists are:

  • Pierre HENRY, DG Environment, Unit Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption
  • Pascal DURAND, Member of European Parliament (Greens), Rapporteur IMCO
  • Paolo FALCIONI, Director General ceced - European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers
  • Ursula PACHL, Deputy Director General, BEUC-The European Consumer Organisation
  • N.N., Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Belgium

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