The study was commissioned by the industry association for producers of electrical and electronic equipment, so naturally we cast a suspicious eye on it. To the credit of the independent researchers, the study does include factors like the excess emissions which would be created by production of new appliances for the early replacement of still-functioning older models. A factor of 4/15 was applied to the emissions from manufacturing a new fridge, to reflect the average of 4 years of unused lifespan in the early replacement devices.The study presents calculations of the economic balance of a subsidy program, taking into account external costs for power production, potential loss of tax income due to reduces added value tax on power and other factors. By these calculations, the program would create 127 million euros of additional costs, but would return benefits to society with a value of 628 million euros. The methods and data from this study should certainly be taken under review as governments try to find the best ways to apply limited resources to achieve results in the battle to reduce global warming.
To see the complete study report (in German), click Oeko.de (pdf)
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