Wednesday 21 April, 19:15 – 20:00 CEST (13:15 – 14:00 EDT)

Circular Electronics Partnership

According to the Global E-waste Monitor 2017, in one year, a staggering 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste are generated. Of this total amount, 40 million tonnes of e-waste are discarded in landfill, burned or illegally traded and treated in a sub-standard way every year. Under the current linear economy conditions, the consumption of resources (metals, plastics, chemicals) will increase, and with it the amounts of e-waste generated.

All players have interdependent roles to play to bring the life cycle of a product to an optimal circular and responsible state. A new vision for circular electronics must focus on system transformation. Extensive stakeholder collaboration is required to simultaneously change different pieces of the puzzle and create a chain reaction of positive impact. Electronics are a part of every business. Whether the company produces electronics or electrical equipment or simply procures laptops or multi-function devices for its operations, electronics have become ubiquitous. As electronics appear in more products and processes with time, the importance of capturing them at end of life grows exponentially.

Until we realize that everyone has a role to play in contributing towards a circular electronics industry, we will fall short in the collective action needed to achieve impact at scale.

This session will explore the e-waste landscape, current trends and introduce a new industry-led initiative that seeks to respond to this challenge. You will hear from its members on the actions they are taking to achieve a more circular electronics industry.

Speakers:

  • Brendan Edgerton, Director, Circular Economy, WBCSD
  • Laura Rheinbay, Manager, Sustainability Strategy, Accenture Plc
  • Natasha Scotnicki, Manager, Circular Econony, CISCO Systems Inc.
  • Michael Werner, Lead for Circular Economy, Google Inc.

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