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08 May 2023 to 11 May 2023
Going Green - CARE INNOVATION 2023

Going Green – CARE INNOVATION 2023 will provide a platform for presenting up-to-date progress on the circular economy and the development of resource-efficient electr(on)ic products and services.

This international symposium on 8-11 May 2023 will compare the three major economic regions - Europe, America and Asia - in the presence of high-level speakers from global electr(on)ic and recycling companies, research institutes and environmental & consumer organisations.

Leading industrialists, research directors, environmental experts and scientists will analyse the state of play regarding:

  • producer responsibility
  • environmentally-friendly electr(on)ic & automotive product development
  • resource scarcity and criticality
  • clean production, green marketing, logistics and end-of-life strategies.

Through a wide range of presentations, the contribution of the electr(on)ic & automotive industry to sustainable development in general will be discussed, and the necessary products, technologies and services will be identified.

14 Sep 2022
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Aimplas has organised the C-SERVEES project webinar “Circular Economy in practice in the Electric and Electronic sector”, to be held on 14 September.

This webinar will focus on the technological, business, environmental and social viability of the new business models, which are being validated through demonstrations of washing machines, TV-sets, printers & toner cartridges and application lifecycle management systems.

Experts involved in the demonstrations of the business models will be walking participants through the main findings and progress made.

13 Oct 2022
csrTAG 2022

At the 17th annual Austrian csrTAG conference on Artificial Intelligence & Circular Economy: What responsible economy must achieve for society more than 50 speakers will pass on their knowledge in 10 programme points and 6 breakout sessions. The keynotes and speeches, panel discussions and practical workshops will provide new scenarios for development of a sustainable future.

With the help of artificial intelligence, one aims to create the transformation to a more circular economy, preserving the value of products, materials and resources within the economy for as long as possible and generating as little waste as possible. The topical sessions include: textiles, food, plastics, packaging, electronics and ICT, construction industry and buildings.

14 Oct 2022

14 October 2022 | International E-Waste Day: Recycle it all, no matter how small! This year, the main focus of International E-Waste Day will be on those small electrical devices that we no longer use, but keep in drawers and cupboards or often toss in the bin.

Consumer Insight Action Panel – Electronics Club Final Report

Final Report

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Rosalyn Old, Leon-Johannes Reuss, Isabelle Rumpenhorst, Imke Schmidt, Raymond Slaughter
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06/2022
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Germany

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This report:

  • sets out the background to the Circular Electronics project of the Consumer Insights Action Panel (CIAP),
  • shares information on the multi-stakeholder circular Electronics Club at the heart of the work, and
  • provides an overview of the methodology followed in gathering insights, designing and running interventions, and evaluating results and sustainability of the pilots.

It is designed not only to provide an overview of the project’s activities, but also to share learnings, findings and models that could support potential future initiatives in the field of circular electronics and beyond.

Discussing the Social Impacts of Circularity

Discussing the Social Impacts of Circularity

Social Impact Report

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Rosalyn Old, Isabelle Rumpenhorst, Imke Schmidt, Raymond Slaughter
Publication Date: 
06/2022
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Germany

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Circularity offers pathways to achieve a more sustainable production and consumption and to provide benefits to society. Although sustainability entails an ecological, economic, and a social dimension, the discourse on social aspects seems to have been less prevalent than on economic and environmental ones. Hence the need to further explore the social impacts of circularity and its potential societal benefits.

The aim of this report is to frame, address and better understand questions related to the social impacts of the transition to a Circular Economy. The report synthesises the gathered insights into key emerging themes and identifies gaps or areas of potential in the field as part of the Consumer Insight Action Panel (CIAP) project, led by the CSCP and funded by Sitra and DBU.

15 Jun 2022

As the Horizon 2020 research programme becomes Horizon Europe, what better time to witness how great ideas turned into real projects? LOOPS will be the opportunity to show what cutting-edge research has been produced, and which changes it can bring to our communities.

For those who are not familiar with it, LOOPS is a live webinar series committed to spotlighting innovation in the field of circular economy. The topic of this episode on 15 June will be photovoltaics.

07 Jun 2022
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This Policy Dialogue will take place on 7 June starting at 14:00 CEST. It will consider the importance of strategic resources, notably critical raw materials, for achieving the European Green Deal objectives, and the role for a circular economy in enabling access to those resources.

Tackling root causes - Halting biodiversity loss through the circular economy

Tackling root causes - Halting biodiversity loss through the circular economy

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Tim Forslund, Ashley Gorst, Charlie Briggs, Deven Azevedo, Robin Smale
Publication Date: 
05/2022
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Finland

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Circular economy interventions in four key sectors can halt global biodiversity loss and help the world's biodiversity recover, finds this study.

Tackling root causes - Halting biodiversity loss through the circular economy, written by experts from Sitra and Vivid Economics, is the first to quantify the role a circular economy can play in tackling global biodiversity loss, targeting the four sectors with the largest impacts:

  • food and agriculture
  • construction
  • textiles
  • forest and forestry

Circular interventions in these sectors can halt biodiversity loss even if no other action is taken. And more than that, the study finds that the world’s biodiversity can recover to 2000 levels by 2035, if the circular interventions are implemented.

13 Jun 2022
Tackling root causes

A circular economy plays a key role in halting and reversing global biodiversity loss. Join the webinar on 13 June to discuss the findings of Sitra’s new study and its linkages to key business and policy measures.

25 May 2022
WINPOL

The Final Conference of the WINPOL project on 25 May will give an overview of the work accomplished over more than four years. It will review the successes achieved at project level and the progress made in the use of intelligent systems and policies in the field of waste management.

TCO Certified stands for environmentally and socially responsible IT purchases

TCO Certified

TCO Certified has 30 years' experience of driving sustainable development in the IT industry. By continuously developing criteria and verification methods, TCO Certified tackles new challenges such as circularity, hazardous substances, and socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing. 

All criteria are mandatory, which means that all products must meet all the criteria for their product category to be certified according to TCO Certified.
 
The need to go circular has become especially pressing as digitalisation continues to grow and with it the consumption of electronic devices. TCO Certified’s circular criteria help purchasers lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce e-waste and extend the life of IT products.

27 Jun 2022 to 29 Jun 2022
3rd Symposium on Circular Economy and Sustainability

The 3rd Symposium on Circular Economy and Sustainability will take place in Chania, Greece on 27-29 June 2022. Researchers, practitioners and entrepreneurs are invited to submit both empirical and theoretical papers that are broadly consistent with any of the topics covered by the Symposium.

03 Mar 2022
TUV Rhineland webinar

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Berlin
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Germany, United Kingdom

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Batteries are considered crucial for the transition to a circular and climate-neutral economy. On 10 February, the European Parliament's Environment Committee (ENVI)  overwhelmingly (by 74 to 8!) adopted an ambitious report on the European Batteries Regulation covering proposed rules governing the entire battery product lifecycle, from design to end-of-life. This webinar, which will take place on 3 March at 15:00 CET and is organised by TÜV Rheinland, will address durability of consumer electronics with regard to needs/issues for removable and replaceable batteries.

Retailers, Consumers and Skills: Enabling Circular Electronics: Skills for cities, businesses and consumers

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02/03/2022
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EU
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Brussels (online)

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While digital networking is of great advantage for everyday life, the incredible amounts of electrical devices bring with it some particularly ecological risks, especially with regard to the use of resources. This is why the European Commission in the New Circular Economy Action Plan announced a Circular Electronics Initiative. There are still many challenges to be discussed during this workshop.

Implementation of circular economy approaches in the electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) sector

Circularity and the electrical and electronic equipment sector: Barriers, enablers and policy insights

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Vasileios Rizos, Julie Bryhn
Publication Date: 
03/2022
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Belgium

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The article Implementation of circular economy approaches in the electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) sector: Barriers, enablers and policy insights by Vasileios Rizos and Julie Bryhn aims to enrich the research in the field of circular economy business models by focusing on the EEE sector.

The study adopts a multi-case study approach and uses a sample of 31 cases developed through the EU-funded CIRC4Life project and the snowball sampling method. 

The findings show that despite the various policy instruments in place to boost the CE transition in this sector, gaps exist which require policy attention. 

The study suggests actions to facilitate CE practices including knowledge sharing platforms and business partnerships as well as R&D project grants.

Outcome document of the Leadership Group on Retailers, Consumers and Skills

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17/01/2022
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EU
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Brussels

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In 2021, the Leadership Group on Retailers, Consumers and Skills considered issues such as how to made the electronics sector more circular, how to boost public awareness of the need to become more circular and how to step up training with a view to reskilling and upskilling.

17 Jan 2022 to 18 Jan 2022

On 17 and 18 January 2022, the ECESP Coordination Group will present Europe's pioneering work done by its Leadership groups in the field of the circular economy before a global audience at the Circular Europe Days in Dubai.

17 Dec 2021
KIC

Since 2020 the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Circular Economy Community has been engaging with civil society, EU and international stakeholders as well as the EIT network by supporting actions to strengthen and optimise the transition towards a more circular and innovative future.

Join this webinar on 17 December to find out more about EIT's work on the ground and hear the stories of involved actors working with EIT to increase the uptake of circular innovative solutions. Participants will get the opportunity to interact with the panel of experts and find out more about opportunities coming from the EIT Circular Economy Community programme.

22 Nov 2021 to 09 Dec 2021
EIT Climate-KIC

Climate KiC has launched two training programmes focusing on the use of Circularity Thinking tools in the manufacturing and food sectors within EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) countries. Registration are open!

20 Oct 2021
European Commission

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the rules on compensation for damage caused by defective products. A specific focus will be on the use of artificial intelligence in products and services. You can take part in this consultation until 10 January 2022, thus contributing to the process of further developing and fine-tuning this initiative.

21 Oct 2021
TUV Webinar registration

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World
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EU, Other (Hong Kong)

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ICT products like computers, smartphones, etc. are fundamental tools adding efficiency to our lives, amongst other advantages. At the same time, NGO’s have highlighted challenges concerning environmental, human and labour rights, and the need for effective eWaste management in the electronics industry.

Together with activities associated with eWaste Day 2021, efforts of WEEE Forum, Open Repair Alliance and many others stakeholders, we have come a long way to encourage repair to push for positive and sustainable changes.

During this webinar Making every Day Repair Day > with Intention, Policy, and Standards on 21 October, we’ll get a glimpse into the developments from the perspective of policy measures such as EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan, Sustainable Products Initiative, Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria, etc. All in all, this webinar will focus on industry initiatives to harmonise and fast track progress towards circular and fair ICT, with a focus on reparability.

Barriers and enablers for implementing circular economy business models

Barriers and enablers for implementing circular economy business models

CEPS Research Report

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Author: 
Vasileios Rizos, Julie Bryhn, Monica Alessi, Edoardo Righetti, Noriko Fujiwara, Cristian Stroia
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10/2021
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Belgium

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The circular economy is a key element of the European Green Deal as a concept that can support the transition towards a more sustainable growth model. In recent years there has been a growth of circular economy industrial applications, but evidence suggests that the uptake of circular approaches in many sectors is still limited.

The report titled Barriers and enablers for implementing circular economy business models - Evidence from the electrical and electronic equipment and agri-food value chains provides facts and data on barriers and enablers to the implementation of circular economy business models in two value chains that exhibit high levels of waste generation:

  1. electrical and electronic equipment and
  2. agri-food.
19 Oct 2021

Consumer electronics, computers, laptops, TVs, tablets, gaming consoles, wearables, cameras etc., have become an essential part of our daily lives, with smartphones representing most retail sales. In the context of increased digitalisation, our reliance on these devices is likely to increase. But, how to address the critical environmental, societal and behavioural challenges to reduce their overall impact in the coming years? How to define the clear responsibility and opportunity of each actor when their roles are constantly changing?

EuroCommerce, the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), the European Environment Agency and the ECESP invite you, on 19 October at 11:00 CEST, to this #EUCircularTalks to discuss the role and responsibility of electronic retailers to support the circular economy.

14 Oct 2021
International E-Waste Day

According to the UN, in 2021 each person on the planet will produce on average 7.6 kg of e-waste, meaning that a massive 57.4 million tonnes will be generated worldwide. Only 17.4% of this electronic waste, containing a mixture of harmful substances and precious materials, will be recorded as being properly collected, processed and recycled.

Many initiatives are underway to tackle this growing concern, but none of them can be fully effective unless consumers are properly informed and really play their part. This year’s International E-Waste Day will focus on the crucial part each of us has to play in making circularity a reality for e-products.

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