Durability, reusability, reparability of products

“Analysis of durability, reusability and reparability – Application to washing machines and dishwashers”

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Scope of the study

This report has been developed within the project ‘Technical support for environmental footprinting, material efficiency in product policy and the European Platform on LCA’ (2013-2017), funded by the Directorate-General for the Environment (DG ENV). It aims to analyse specific material efficiency aspects, such as durability, reusability and reparability, for the two product groups washing machines (WM) and dishwashers (DW). Durability, reusability and reparability aim at extending the lifetime of products and of materials and can hence be seen as valuable strategies for mitigation of raw materials supply risks. The importance of material efficiency aspects in policy were moreover recently reiterated by the EU Action Plan for the circular economy, especially on its section concerning consumption. The report has been subdivided into three parts, as described below:

  • Chapter 1: Analysis of the durability of WM and DW;
  • Chapter 2: Analysis of the reusability of WM and DW;
  • Chapter 3: Analysis of the reparability of WM and DW;
  • Conclusions and recommendations

This report has been used as input to discuss policy options concerning material efficiency in the context of the preparatory study for washing machines and dishwashers.

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