In 2020, the One Planet network Consumer Information Programme set up a new working group on Product Lifetime Extension, led by UNEP and the Akatu Institute. The Working Group aims to bring together practitioners and policy makers and push progress towards product lifetime extension policies and practices worldwide and better engage consumers by raising awareness and improving communication on product lifetime extension.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America

Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Education, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Start date
01/07/2020

Objectives

The main objective is to push progress towards PLE policies and practices, from the perspective of consumer information.

The working group builds on previous CI-SCP work on product lifetime extension. The Product Lifetime Extension Hub provides an overview of activities carried out in the past and will be continuously updated and promoted by the new working group. The activities of the working group includes a mapping of product lifetime extension policies and of ecolabels with product lifetime extension criteria. Additionally, the working group is developing case studies that showcase product lifetime extension initiatives particularly from developing countries. The work is supported by regular meetings for knowledge exchange and discussion on the topic as well as webinars and online trainings.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Knowledge resource and technical tool

  • Translation to Portuguese of materials on Product lifetime extension

Outcome level

Coordination on SCP

  • Meetings of the Working Group Using Product Lifetime Extension to Advance Circular Economy

Impact and Results

Expected impacts include:
1 – Support change in existing regulations and implementation of new policies around product lifetime extension around the world
2 - Provide incentives to new business models
3 - Support consumers to make more informed choices


Next steps and how to get involved

Interested organizations can contact ciscp@un.org to join the working group.