Planned Sustainability Summit tackles "planned obsolescence"

Halte à l'Obsolescence Programmée is supported by Greenpeace in its mission to stop digital obsolescence

A law designating planned obsolescence as a criminal offense in France celebrates its 5th anniversary. For this milestone, “Halte à L’Obsolescence” (Stop Obsolescence) is hosting the Planned Sustainability Summit online on Friday, November 27. This open event aims to review the current situation, but also to lay out a roadmap for companies and public authorities to step up action combatting "planned obsolescence".

In 2015, France was the first country in the world to ban planned obsolescence. Five years later, the Planned Sustainability Summit aims to take stock of positive impact thus far, but also to unite key players in an effort to address the challenge. Have our products become more durable and repairable? How can we convince international companies to adopt more sustainable practice? Is sustainability a threat to businesses, or an opportunity?

Companies (Back Market, Murfy, Fnac-Darty, Commown, etc.), political decision-makers (Barbara Pompili, David Cormand, Thierry Libaert, Marie Hervier, etc.), NGOs (UFC-que Choisir, Fédération Envie, Green Friday, etc.) and also engaged citizens all responded enthusiastically to the invitation launched by HOP.

If France has taken strong action through, in particular, the anti-waste law for a more circular economy and an unprecedented sanction against Apple of 25 million euros, it is clear that to to take matters further, such standards should enter the agenda of European policy-makers.

Halt to Planned Obsolescence calls on the Commission to in accordance with its ambitions for a circular economy, as outlined in its new European White Paper. Bringing together 20 flagship proposals and bringing together the visions of over 10 experts and activists pushing boundaries in Europe, this White Paper is a roadmap for making durable/repairable products the norm in Europe, which would set a global example.

The Summit marked the launch of two previously unseen reports, entitled “Product sustainability: time for action”. The report demonstrates that the commitment of companies is a powerful lever for a circular and sustainable economy. Through a range of actions, companies have so far saved 78 million devices from becoming e-waste and 14.9 million tonnes in CO2 emissions.

Source: Halte à L'Obsolescence Programmée