Address the 'Climate change' challenge by creating a radical 'anti-planned obsolescence' strategy.

Posted on 11-01-19 by Nelson Gardnier Number of votes: 0 | Number of comments: 1

[Due to word limit I have had to split this into two parts so please see both]


[Part 1]


One of the main contributory cause of 'climate change' is economic activity that produces mountains of processed/manufactured goods that are quickly discarded by consumers the moment that product becomes 'obsolete' or irreparable. This is a shockingly wasteful attitude as it is environmentally destructive. Furthermore many suspect such 'obsolescence' is planned (i.e. built-in) by the manufacturers of those goods so as to ensure a perpetual sale of their goods.


So in order to address this issue I believe a future Labour government needs to create a radical strategy that curtails wasteful economic activity that produces 'climate change' & that encourages 'obsolescence'.


How? I propose the following:


1) Investigate how Labour's future industrial strategy will connect to it's future environmental strategy in particular with regards to diminishing both 'catastrophic climate change' as well as the wilful wastefulness of 'planned obsolescence' by manufacturers producing goods inside the UK & manufactured goods imported into the UK as well as investigate what incentive structure (e.g. tax & regulatory powers) of both Labour's industrial strategy & environmental strategy in achieving these two important goals (i.e. climate change & planned obsolescence).

2) Have Labour create a more economically efficient & environmentally conscious economy by creating a 'right to repair' legislation (see link below) that give consumers the right to patch & mend (as well as create tax incentives to do so like lowering VAT for repairing shoes & bikes?) not only their apparel (e.g. clothes & shoes) but also their manufactured appliances (e.g. washing machines, bikes etc) so the UK doesn't produce a mountain of waste & thereby help the UK lessen it's 'Carbon footprint' by producing needless extra material that would inevitably end up on Britain's ever growing industrial waste sites (i.e. landfills).


3) Investigate whether manufacturers should be incentivised (i.e. have future Labour-run Defra, as well as Labour-run Ministry of Business, use their tax & regulatory powers to facilitate this) to considerably reduce (if not outright banned?) from using captive leads & one time 'snap together' plastic casings so UK consumers can more freely exercise their 'right to repair' on goods they purchased from the UK.

4) Investigate how a future Labour-run Defra, as well as Labour-run Ministry of Business, can use their tax & regulatory powers to incentivise UK manufacturers of UK household apparel (e.g. clothes & shoes) & manufactured appliances (e.g. washing machines, bikes etc) to prioritise in their products longevity/durability ahead of flashy extras (e.g. musical fridges/washing-machines) so neither UK landfills are fill to the brim from disused goods (thereby reduce local government landfill bill?) nor average low-income UK households get into debt to fund another unnecessary purchase.


[Please see part 2]

Referring to: Environment, Energy and Culture

The Environment, Energy and Culture Policy Commission is tasked with leading Labour’s policy development on the environment, food and rural affairs, energy and climate change, and culture, media and sport.

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