Title: Analysis of durability, reusability and reparability - Application to washing machines and dishwashers
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC102632
ISBN: 978-92-79-60791-2 (print)
978-92-79-60790-5 (pdf)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print)
1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 28042
OP LB-NA-28042-EN-C (print)
OP LB-NA-28042-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC102632
DOI: 10.2788/51992
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: This report has been developed within the project “Technical support for Environmental Footprinting, material efficiency in product policy and the European Platform on LCA” (2013-2016) funded by the Directorate-General for Environment. It aims to address relevant topics in terms of material efficiency, such as durability, reusability and reparability, for two product groups: washing machines (WM) and dishwashers (DW). The first chapter is devoted the environmental assessment of durability of washing machines and dishwashers, by means of the “Resource Efficiency Assessment of PROducts – REAPro” method. The second chapter introduces a detailed analysis of the reuse of washing machines and dishwashers, in which the authors presents a new method for the environmental assessment of the reuse of products The third chapter provides a statistical analysis of repair services conducted on washing machines and dishwashers over the timeline 2009-2015. Based on the results and information provided in the three main chapters summarised above, the authors conclude this work with a final section, which conveys analyses into potential product recommendations for future policy discussion on durability, reusability and reparability of washing machines and dishwashers.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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