Towards sustainable consumption: Durable goods & legal guarantees

Start/Stop Date:
14 Nov 2014
The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)
European Economic and Social Committee, Rue Belliard 99, (Room: JDE 52) 1040 Brussels, belgium
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Numerous obstacles prevent consumers from long-term use of products.

When products break, consumers often have problems enforcing their 2 year legal guarantee.
Increasingly, product repair is complicated by restrictive design or expensive spare parts.
Deliberate incompatibility or inability to upgrade means consumers buy anew Consumers, industry and policy-makers all have distinct, important responsibilities to ensure we “can live well, within the limits of our planet”, as the 7th Environment Action Programme puts it.

This conference brings together consumer representatives, product manufacturers, innovative producers and EU policy-makers to discuss product durability, planned obsolescence and EU policies such as legal guarantees and Ecodesign.
How can we achieve more durable products and sustainable consumers’ lifestyles?

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