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The life cycle of electronic devices, increasingly shorter

The life cycle of electronic devices, increasingly shorter

For this reason, the UBA seeks to establish a series of minimum requirements in the life cycle of electrical and electronic devices and their quality. The president of the UBA also warned of the need to use these products longer and thus extend their life cycle, since many devices are replaced even when they work perfectly.

The number of large household appliances that had to be replaced due to failure within the first 5 years after purchasing increased from 3.5% in 2004 to 8.3% in 2013, according to a study conducted by the Oko Institute in conjunction with the University of Bonn. However, the study found no evidence to suggest a planned obsolescence in the products, that is, an artificially limited shelf life established by the manufacturer. On the other hand, the study did find that the life of the product was adapted to factors such as the target group or its scope of application. Maria Krautzberger, from the UBA, called for the introduction of correct labeling that indicates the real life of a product, specifying its working hours. In addition, he added, that the ability to repair these devices should be facilitated by manufacturing easily repairable products and making necessary spare parts available to non-manufacturers and third parties.

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