7. Possessions

A package of measures regarding possessions comprising:

  • Low overall consumption of bought goods
  • Majority of bought goods second-hand/ reconditioned, especially high carbon goods such as electronic/ electrical equipment or furniture
  • A very limited number of new high carbon goods, if kept for an adequate lifetime, e.g. electronic/ electrical equipment, furniture
  • A limited number of new medium carbon goods, if kept for an adequate lifetime, e.g. clothes, shoes
  • Minimal consumption of new very high carbon goods, e.g. high-cost jewellery, commercial cut flowers

Complying with this target would, on average in the UK, emit 0.1 tCO2e per capita per year.

NB We obviously encourage consumers to opt for goods with a high energy-efficiency rating (where relevant) although energy consumption during use would be counted under home energy use (target 4).

Suggested monitoring:
Note major purchases, whether they are new/second-hand/reconditioned and the lifetime of the purchase they replace (if relevant)

 

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