Analysis of the software-based influence on a shortened useful life of products

Duration October 2019 – September 2021

Project Manager Prof. Dr. Melanie Jaeger-Erben

Client Umweltbundesamt, BMU

Cooperation Partner Fraunhofer IZM, Öko-Institut e.V., TU Berlin

Technological progress and digitalisation have a facilitating and pleasant effect on the one hand, yet on the other hand lead to a considerable environmental impact due to rapid obsolescence.

As software obsolescence is expected to become a major social-ecological problem, countermeasures need to be taken. By using a broad expertise and inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives, different sectors are analysed in interaction. This is used to determine the causes of software-related shortened useful lives. From this, environmental policy measures and options for further action can be developed.

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