Planned obsolescence: the government's choice?


Planned obsolescence: the government's choice?

PLATE 2017
2017, November 8

Representatives of five Environmental Ministries and attached Agencies examined political instruments to ban products with built-in defects designed to end the product's life-cycle. The focus primarily laid on better consumer information. A lack of information concerning the durability and repairability of products creates an asymmetry in the market balance between producers and consumers. The need for common actions on EU-level was highlighted. Among these political instruments are voluntary measures and innovative economic models. The European legal framework for consumer protection has to be further evaluated, more specifically the concept of warranty law. With political feasibility being considered, conclusions were drawn unanimously. However, the authors take into consideration the findings of different national studies that could not validate the accusation of planned obsolescence.


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