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The Long View - Exploring Product Lifetime Extension

Published in 2017 by
  • UN Environment (United Nations / intergovernmental organizations)

Type of document: Scientific, technical, research

The aim of this study is to provide recommendations on the opportunities available to consumers, private sector and especially governments, of developed and developing economies, to address product lifetime extension. Seven products representing different lifetime expectancies by consumers for their optimal replacement moments and actual lifetimes in selected countries are analysed: washing machines, refrigerators, TVs, mobile phones, laptops and clothing. The report provides three policy perspectives, two for developed and one for developing countries, for designing measures to address product lifetime extension.

Further information

This report is an output of the 10YFP Consumer Information Programme, contributing to the Programme's work plan 2017. UN Environment partnered with TU Delft to develop the report, with support from the French Ministry for Ecological and Solidary Transition.