Project Area

New Vision for Electronics

LONG TERM AMBITION

Create a public-private, global platform for action based around a new vision for electronics, which uses circular economy principals to redefine the electronics value chain.

CONTEXT

  • In 2018, 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated, worth around $55 billion 

  • Only 20% of this is recycled

  • Circular economy levers from new business models, design, re-manufacturing and recycling and new policies could help to capture this opportunity 

  • To remake the system there is need for systematic collaboration across companies, international organizations, academia and governments at a global level

OBJECTIVES

  • Convene key actors from the public and private sector to align on a New Vision for Electronics supporting the work of the UN E-waste coalition

  • Create a platform for high level collaboration on building a circular economy for electronics globally

  • Increase coordination between UN Agencies, Companies and governments on country and regional level projects on electronics and e-waste

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

For the first time all the relevant United Nations entities are coming together with support from the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to produce a new vision for circular economy in electronics. This vision will align the relevant UN entities, key governments and some of the largest electronics multinationals around a common plan for the future of the electronics sector; one based on the principles of the circular economy. The initial vision report will serve as a baseline for systematic co-oporation to remake the electronics system at a global level.

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Project Area

Global Battery Alliance

LONG TERM AMBITION

To ensure that the battery value chain is socially responsible, environmentally and economically sustainable and innovative.

CONTEXT

  • By 2025, the battery market will reach $100 billion, primarily driven by the growing global stock of electric vehicles. However, this growth comes at a social and environmental toll

  • Raw materials needed for batteries are linked to social and environmental issues

  • No scaled systems are in place to enable re-use and recycling of over 11 million tons of the spent lithium-ion batteries forecast to be discarded by 2030

  • Innovation potential remains unexploited along the value chain, holding back greater supply chain transparency, business model and technological innovation

OBJECTIVES

  • Support responsible and sustainable supply chains of key raw materials

  • Accelerate the transition towards a circular economy for batteries

  • Support collaboration to unlock innovation along the value chain

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

With respect to circular economy pillar in the Alliance:

  • The circular economy market and its potential evolution over time will be assessed in a scoping study (by early 2019)

  • Opportunities to lower repurposing and re-use costs for batteries will be assessed (e.g. standard-setting, establishing a framework to help address regulatory and liability challenges)

  • Barriers to recycling of electric vehicle battery will be quantified and a public-private pilot launched to test scalable solutions 

  • A portable electronics collection pilot is being scoped to test how materials can be recovered more efficiently 

Project Area

Capital Equipment Coalition

LONG TERM AMBITION

Dramatically increase resource efficiency in the capital equipment sector by making circular business models the new normal.

CONTEXT

  • Global use of capital equipment - ranging from photocopiers to MRI scanners to agricultural equipment (and much in between) - represents a significant proportion of all material use and current waste generation

  • We see huge opportunities for businesses to provide greater value to customers through innovative service models, smart upgrade paths, or product take-back and remanufacturing programs

OBJECTIVES

  • Accelerate the implementation of circular practices in the business operations of capital equipment manufacturers by learning from each other and generate best practices

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

During Davos 2018, a group of forward-thinking business leaders committed to bold pledges that aim to preserve and recover the value from the capital equipment they produce. While pursuing their individual commitments, the group collectively develops an understanding of the most critical common challenges and good practices to overcome them. By openly sharing progress on their pledges and insights on replicable practices, the group aims to inspire other companies to define their own commitments and help drive the transformation of the capital equipment sector.

 

If you would like to discuss this further, please reach out to capitalequipment@circle-economy.com

 

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Project Area

Circular Electronics in China

LONG TERM AMBITIONS

Help the Chinese government reach its target or recycling 50% of e-waste by 2025 and sourcing 20% of materials for products from recycled sources.

CONTEXT

  • Major electronic companies have set targets to use secondary materials in new products and other strategies to accelerate the circular economy

  • China is leading electronics manufacturing & has high targets for circular economy in electronics

  • Only $160m of value is recovered of a potential $1.3 billion worth of materials

  • Limited understanding of secondary material market scale, potential and operations in China

  • Informal secondary material processing in China is dominant

OBJECTIVES

  • Create a platform for public private collaboration between electronics companies and the Chinese government 

  • Move towards piloting new strategies for circular economy in electronics

  • Undergo research to increase the base of knowledge on circular electronics in China

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The project aims to support effective systems for the integration of recycled materials into electronic products and equipment along with other circular economy strategies. Through collaboration between multinational businesses, government and the domestic material recovery sector, work will seek to co-design pilot projects which test new regulatory approaches, technologies and partnerships. 

 

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African Circular Economy Alliance

LONG TERM AMBITION

Create an alliance of African countries represented at the Ministerial level who share best practices, undertake collaborative projects and advocate for the circular economy

CONTEXT

A number of countries in Africa are experiencing favorable demographics and fast growth, there is an opportunity for new growth and job opportunities through continued industrialization and urbanization. The circular economy can provide an economic opportunity and jobs while avoiding a number of negative externalities experienced in other regions as a result of widescale industrialization, while reducing dependence on unstable commodity markets

OBJECTIVES

  • Share best practices for the creation of legal and regulatory frameworks, the building of partnerships and the financing and creation of circular economy projects

  • Advocate for and raise awareness of the circular economy at a national, regional and global level

  • Bring about new projects and partnerships within individual or multiple countries

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Conceived at the World Economic Forum in Kigali in 2016 and launched in Bonne at COP 23. The Alliance was founded by three countries Rwanda, Nigeria and South Africa along with UN Environment and the World Economic Forum. The Alliance held its first Annual meeting and board meeting at the Africa Green Growth Summit in November 2018 in which Niger, Senegal, Malawi and the DRC joined the Alliance.

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Circular Electronics in Nigeria

LONG TERM AMBITION

Create one model for a circular electronics system to be applied in Nigeria and replicated across other countries in Africa.

CONTEXT

  • In 2018, 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated and 

  • E-waste is one of the fastest-growing waste streams globally

  • Only 20% of e-waste is recycled through appropriate channels

  • E-waste contains high value materials, with an estimated value of $55 billion

  • Informal e-waste processing poses significant health and environmental hazards

OBJECTIVES

  • To stimulate the development of a sustainable and circular management system of electronics products in Nigeria

  • Develop model for scaling to other African countries

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This project aims to advance a systemic change in the way the value of electronics is captured in Africa. By convening public and private partners, it supports: (1) the recovery of valuable materials contained in electronics at the end of their use for their reuse in local production processes: (2) the safe handling of the hazardous components included in electronics waste; and (3) strengthen the enabling conditions for a self-sustaining system of extended producers responsibility legislation for the electronics sector in Nigeria.