The European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment (DG Environment) started a project earlier this year that will develop a methodology for assessing product durability and test it on two pilot product groups. This is the first time that the Commission has aimed to define and assess product durability through a common approach. Read more…
The product groups that have been selected to pilot the methodology are refrigerators/freezers and ovens. Both groups are used across households in Europe and are characterised as ‘workhorse’ products that consumers or businesses expect to keep for a long time. Therefore, they would benefit from extended durability.
The project will also include an analysis of the costs and benefits associated with developing more durable products. A number of stakeholders will be consulted during this work, including public EU and Member State bodies, manufacturers and industry associations. A stakeholder workshop will also be held in autumn 2014 to discuss the findings.
Better environmental performance of products is encouraged through a number of policy measures, such as the Ecodesign Directive, Energy Labelling Directive, EU Ecolabel and various green public procurement criteria. Product durability is thus intended to be incorporated into future product policy to promote resource conservation and waste prevention.
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