We are increasingly surrounded by complex electronic products that we interact with in many, if not most, of our daily activities. We use smartphones and computers, kitchen aids and washing machines, specialized medical devices and even wearables like battery-powered shoes. These devices have become an essential part of our lives and integrating them into a circular economy is crucial for the future.
A circular approach to ICT and electronics, i.e. smarter design, longer use, remanufacturing and eventually recycling of products, significantly reduces global pressure on rare natural resources. At the same time, changing the perception of e-waste to be a high-value resource can prevent pollution and mitigate climate change. The global shift towards a circular economy for ICT and electronics requires creativity and innovation in areas such as design, business models and reverse logistics.
During our CE Tour travel stop on ICT & Electronics, hosted by Flanders, we will meet European companies that have taken up the challenge of working with electronics in a circular economy. We will hear about hands-on experiences from various angles at the interface of electronics and circular economy and engage in a panel discussion with these pioneers.