Symposium on Solutions for e-Waste in Developing Countries

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Symposium on Solutions for e-Waste in Developing Countries

Munich (Germany), 22 June 2013 - A symposium on solutions for e-waste in developing countries was held in Munich, Germany on June 21 in collaboration with the International Finance Cooperation and in conjunction with Intersolar Europe 2013. The meeting was organized to develop a wider collaborative effort between electronics and off-grid lighting sectors to develop a road map, and enable a sustainable approach to the increasing issue of e-waste in developing countries. P1020636With an increasing population who has greater access to modern electronic consumables, the impact of e-waste in developing countries is increasing rapidly. More than 70% electronic waste either goes to the landfill or is disposed of in the water from where it enters into human body and causes severe damages for the environment and health of the population. The meeting was opened by Wolfgang Gregor, Secretary General of GOGLA who asserted, “Today the amount of off-grid lighting systems used globally is still relatively small; nevertheless, as market penetration and quantities are increasing dramatically, related waste volumes are likely to increase accordingly. Therefore, consideration for the proper end of life management for these off-grid lighting products at the early stages of their promotion will minimize consequences to the environment and human health in the future.” He added, “Low product volumes, and challenging environments and markets often inhibit industries alone to find viable solutions to deal with product waste, and develop long-term solutions. That’s why the off-grid lighting industry wants to join forces with other electronics producers to commonly address the issue of e-waste.” An open dialogue within the off-grid lighting community and a wider e-waste community was valuable in establishing greater understanding of a baseline, common issues and challenges associated around waste, collection and recycling. Collectively the group established a simplistic value chain, outlining the key influencers within each point (below). Gaps were identified that required greater knowledge and understanding to effectively build a long-term roadmap, with intermediate steps and actions. It was acknowledged that this was a solid starting point, and platform for further discussion and engagement with a broader range of stakeholders to develop initial activities and/or actions. --------------------------------------------------------- For more information please contact: Zura Nukusheva z.nukusheva@gogla.org

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