- Consumer Information for SCP
Towards more sustainable consumption and production: product lifetime extension, a key issue for circular economy.
In a society of mass consumption, new needs are constantly created to prompt us to buy new products and then quickly throw them away. Such a fast consumption and production carries serious consequences for the environment and drives the 3 environmental planetary crisis: (i) degradation of biodiversity due to the extraction of raw materials, (ii) emission of Greenhouse gas, (iii) as well as a worrying increase in pollution and in waste generation.
Consumers often do not have access to information on product lifetime, making it difficult to distinguish repairable and longer-lasting products. For this reason, a whole-of-society approach is needed to boost the transition towards more sustainable consumption and production and to circular economy patterns.
The Consumer Information Programme held a webinar on Product Lifetime Extension directed to a French-speaking audience. This discussion took place within the framework of the One Planet Network's Consumer Information Program working group on product lifetime extension.
Laetitia Montero, Associate Programme Management Officer, UNEP, gave an overview of the role of product lifetime extension in promoting circular economy, presented as a win-win situation for the environment, the economy, and the society.
The presentation is followed by a first roundtable that focuses on the implementation of the repairability index in France. Representatives from the Ministry, manufacturers and retailers discuss and comment on the index:
- Flavien Barraud, Responsible for “Eco-design”, Ministry of Ecological Transition (France);
- Alec Clement, Operations and Service Director, Samsung;
- Regis Koenig, Director of Services Policy, FNAC/Darty.
This is followed by a second roundtable, which focuses on other innovative initiatives. The following panelists presented their activities, the strategies they are adopting, the achievements they obtained, and the challenges they face:
- Laetitia Vasseur, Co-founder and Executive Officer, HOP – Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée;
- Thomas Opsomer, Repair Policy Engineer Ifixit;
- Agnes Crepet, Head of Software Longevity & IT, Fairphone
- Luke James, Partner Sales, Fairphone.