Product Longevity and Shared Ownership: Sustainable Routes to Satisfying the World’s Growing Demand for Goods

John Rogers, Samuel Cooper, Simone Cooper, Danielle Densley Tingley, Naomi Braithwaite, Mariale Moreno, Alex Rodrigues, Giuseppe Salvia

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It has been estimated that by 2030 the number of people who are wealthy enough to be significant consumers will have tripled. This will have a dramatic impact on the demands for primary materials and energy. It has been estimated that with improvements in design and manufacturing it is possible to maintain the current level of production using 70% of the current primary material consumed. Even with these improvements on the production side, there will still be a doubling of primary material requirements by the end of the century, with accompanying rises in industrial energy demand, if the rise in demand for goods and services is to be met. It is therefore clear that the consumption of products must also be explored. Product longevity and using goods more intensively are two strategies which could reduce the demand for new goods. If products last longer, then manufacturing output can concentrate on emerging markets rather than the market for replacement goods. There are many goods which are infrequently used, these seldom wear out. The total demand for such could be drastically reduced if they were shared with other people. Sharing of goods has traditionally been conducted between friends or by hiring equipment, but modern communication systems and social media could increase the opportunities to share goods. Sharing goods also increases access to a range of goods for those on low incomes. From a series of workshops it has been found that the principal challenges are sociological rather than technological. This paper contains a discussion of these challenges and explores possible futures where these two strategies have been adopted. In addition, the barriers and opportunities that these strategies offer for
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AIMS Energy Volume 3, Issue 4, 547-561.
consumers and businesses are identified, and areas where government policy could be instigated to bring about change are highlighted.
LanguageEnglish
Pages547 -561
Number of pages13
JournalAIMS Energy
Volume3
Issue number4
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StatusPublished - 28 Sep 2015

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  • industrial emissions limits; satisfying global demand for goods; product longevity; improved utilisation; barriers benefits & drivers

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Rogers, J., Cooper, S., Cooper, S., Densley Tingley, D., Braithwaite, N., Moreno, M., ... Salvia, G. (2015). Product Longevity and Shared Ownership: Sustainable Routes to Satisfying the World’s Growing Demand for Goods. DOI: 10.3439/energy.2015.4.547

Product Longevity and Shared Ownership: Sustainable Routes to Satisfying the World’s Growing Demand for Goods. / Rogers, John; Cooper, Samuel; Cooper, Simone; Densley Tingley, Danielle; Braithwaite, Naomi; Moreno, Mariale; Rodrigues, Alex; Salvia, Giuseppe.

In: AIMS Energy, Vol. 3, No. 4, 28.09.2015, p. 547 -561.

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Rogers, J, Cooper, S, Cooper, S, Densley Tingley, D, Braithwaite, N, Moreno, M, Rodrigues, A & Salvia, G 2015, 'Product Longevity and Shared Ownership: Sustainable Routes to Satisfying the World’s Growing Demand for Goods' AIMS Energy, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 547 -561. DOI: 10.3439/energy.2015.4.547
Rogers J, Cooper S, Cooper S, Densley Tingley D, Braithwaite N, Moreno M et al. Product Longevity and Shared Ownership: Sustainable Routes to Satisfying the World’s Growing Demand for Goods. AIMS Energy. 2015 Sep 28;3(4):547 -561. Available from, DOI: 10.3439/energy.2015.4.547
Rogers, John ; Cooper, Samuel ; Cooper, Simone ; Densley Tingley, Danielle ; Braithwaite, Naomi ; Moreno, Mariale ; Rodrigues, Alex ; Salvia, Giuseppe. / Product Longevity and Shared Ownership: Sustainable Routes to Satisfying the World’s Growing Demand for Goods. In: AIMS Energy. 2015 ; Vol. 3, No. 4. pp. 547 -561
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