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PRemature Obsolescence Multi-Stakeholder Product Testing Program

PRemature Obsolescence Multi-Stakeholder Product Testing Program

Objective

Waste production and resource use is increasing for electric and electronic consumer products. At the same time many critical materials cannot be recovered in recycling processes. Therefore a promising strategy would be to lengthen the lifetimes of these products in order to get closer to a Circular Economy.

The project PROMPT is going to support the development of more durable and longer lasting products by lowering the asymmetry of information between consumer and manufacturer and thereby to allow consumers to make better choices. This is achieved by the development of an integral testing programme for electric and electronic consumer products that takes into account the main key issues of product failures and premature obsolescence:
• Product durability and reliability
• Adaptability, upgradability, and reparability
• User behaviour and market

PROMPT takes a multi-stakeholder approach by including different consumer, test, repair and research organisations in the consortium who will carry out the work. Consequently, results will be achieved that are viable for different stakeholders and independent from manufacturers. With the help of an Advisory Board, additional stakeholder input will be gathered. The board will consist of experts from industry, retail, design, environmental, science and consumer sectors.

A baseline of research will be established by collecting empirical data on technical issues, design shortcomings, market obstacles and replacement causes for premature obsolescence. These results will give input to the development of a range of specific testing methods addressing the three fields of issues outlined above. The results will be synthesized in an integral testing programme for premature obsolescence that will be validated and benchmarked through test cases. Results will be analysed and prepared to give validated input to standardisation, product design, consumer communication and policy recommendations.
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Address

Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 849 382,50

Participants (11)

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 699 625

ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE POUR LA COORDINATION DE LA REPRESENTATION DES CONSOMMATEURS POUR LA NORMALISATION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 148 731,25

BUREAU EUROPEEN DES UNIONS DE CONSOMMATEURS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 248 818,75

CONSUMENTENBOND

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 119 156,25

OCU EDICIONES SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 291 725

STIFTUNG WARENTEST

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 542 210

ASSOCIATION DES CONSOMMATEURS TEST-ACHATS SCRL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 524 040

UNION FEDERALE DES CONSOMMATEURS

France

EU Contribution

€ 167 702,50

INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER RESEARCH AND TESTING LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 657 618

RUSZ - VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG DER SOZIALWIRTSCHAFT

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 399 768,75

IFIXIT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 349 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 820331

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2019

  • End date

    30 April 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 997 778

  • EU contribution

    € 4 997 778

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany