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Longer Product Lifetimes - EV0445

Description
We live in a world of 6 billion people, our impact on the planet’s resources are growing annually. We are making, transporting, buying, using and throwing away more products than ever before. And in the process emit more and more carbon dioxide emissions, more and more waste, abstracting more water, destroying more forests, habitats and biodiversity. As our population grows, to perhaps 9 billion people by 2050, and more countries become more prosperous, our global resources will not easily be able to cope with the demand.

We need to consider ways in which we could reduce UK consumption levels without meeting high levels of resistance. In many ways it will be a significant challenge, as increasing consumption of products is the foundation for current UK macro-economic policy. But the overall vision is to develop policy options which will not only help reduce our impact on the environment, but will also help business to develop more sustainable and enduring business models for the longer term.
Objective
• Environmental: To understand the scope and nature of the environmental problem associated with product lifetimes across different product groups
• Economic: To understand how businesses currently make decisions about product lifetimes and what influences those decisions
• Social: To integrate work on consumer attitudes to product lifetimes (that will be commissioned by Defra as part of a parallel project), with the environmental and economic aspects to provide a holistic picture of the drivers and influences.
• Potential Government intervention: To investigate the necessity and potential for Government intervention on product lifetimes within or across specific product groups
• Possible future work: To provide evidence-based suggestions on what, if any, future work could be developed in this area (be it with Government, businesses or consumers) and which products and interventions further work should focus on.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : EV0445: Longer Product Lifetimes - Chapter 1. Scoping Report   (672k)
• FRP - Final Report : EV0445: Longer Product Lifetimes - Chapter 2. Life Cycle Impact of Nine Products   (395k)
• FRP - Final Report : EV0445: Longer Product Lifetimes - Chapter 3. Impact Assessment of Potential Measures   (545k)
• EXE - Executive Summary : EV0445: Longer Product Lifetimes - Executive Summary   (213k)
• OTH - Other : EV0445: Longer Product Lifetimes - Annex A Summary of Literature Review   (183k)
• OTH - Other : EV0445: Longer Product Lifetimes - Annex B Products and Shortlisting Process   (213k)
• OTH - Other : EV0445: Longer Product Lifetimes - Annex C Life Cycle Optimisation LCO Model   (5777k)
• OTH - Other : EV0445: Longer Product Lifetimes - Annex D Stakeholder Engagement Materials   (391k)
• OTH - Other : EV0445: Longer Product Lifetimes - Annex E Stocks and Sales Model   (147k)
• SUM - Summary Report : EV0445: Longer Product Lifetimes   (443k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2009

To: 2010

Cost: £168,154
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Environmental Resources Management - London
Keywords
              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production