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Free Consumer Recycling Globally

PACE Partner Dell technologies is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Electronics 

5. Encourage bring-back by consumers

6. Set up effective collection systems

 

Ambition  

This action supports the achievement of the Dell Technologies Advancing Sustainability Moonshoot Goal where, by 2030, for every product a customer buys, Dell will reuse or recycle an equivalent product. 

 

Dell Technologies consumer recycling services make it easy for customers to trade-in, donate or responsibly recycle their used electronics of any brand for free. This also includes Dell Reconnect, a partnership with Goodwill Industries in the US that provides free electronics recycling, of any brand, at more than 2,000 participating Goodwill drop-off locations. Furthermore, these materials are recovered before they exit the economy and are reused or refurbished and resold to commodity markets.
 

Objectives for 2021  

In FY2021, Dell Technologies recovered 9.6% of products sold to customers (this percentage is the total units collected for recycling and reuse over the number of products sold), which represents a 0.5 percentage point increase compared to the FY2020 baseline. Future objectives include:

  • Increase internal and external awareness of takeback offerings through strategic communications and marketing.
  • Embed takeback into standard offers, sales tools, incentives and GTM strategies.
  • Streamline return flows, optimize tools and processes and improves data reporting.
  • Introduce new approaches through internal innovation and industry collaboration. 

 

Partners 

Dell Technologies (PACE Partner)

Greening with Jobs - World Employment and Social Outlook

PACE Partner the International Labour Organization (ILO) is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda

  • Integrate and advance decent work in the transition to a circular economy for electronics (Electronics, CTA 10; Textiles, CTA 9; Plastics, CTA 9)

 

Ambition 

The report ‘Greening with Jobs - World Employment and Social Outlook 2018’ examines environmental sustainability in the world of work to support a strengthening of the global and regional partnerships in the area of skills development for a green transition. It aims to promote cross-border knowledge-sharing with regional and international approaches to skills development for the green transition, which can in turn address the competitiveness concerns of individual countries.  

 

Objectives for 2021  

This edition of the World Employment and Social Outlook focuses on how climate change and environmental degradation will impact the labour markets, affecting both the volume and quality of employment, and quantifies the shifts expected to take place within and between sectors. It shows that there is scope for policies in the world of work to advance environmental sustainability, and for environmental policies to ensure decent work. It acknowledges a coherent and integrated legal framework is a step in this direction and provides policy recommendations that combine decent work issues with environmental regulations, and provide workers with the right set of skills to transition to sectors with employment growth, and also to better jobs. Moreover, it underlines the urgent need to improve the understanding of the mechanisms through which a country-specific policy mix can have an impact on skills development for the green transition. In recognition of this need, the ILO is following up on the analysis with a view to developing detailed policy recommendations for each country that could lead to technical assistance to the countries surveyed. 

 

Partners 

ILO 

Work Improvement for Safe Home Action Manual

PACE Partner the International Labour Organization (ILO) is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Electronics 

10. Integrate and advance decent work in the transition to a circular economy for electronics 

 

Ambition 

Work Improvement for Safe Home: Action manual for improving safety and health of E-waste workers’ aims to assist e-waste workers in improving their safety, health and working conditions by showing many low-cost ideas that can easily implemented using locally-available materials. Additionally, these ideas could improve productivity and efficiency on the workplace and support the growth and sustainability of their businesses. 

 

Objectives for 2021  

The manual consists of (1) a 22-item action checklist designed as an easy-to-apply tool for e-waste workers to identify and improve their OSH risks, and (2) 19 checkpoints about materials storage and handling, work-stations, safe use of machine and electricity, physical environment, welfare facilities and work organization to provide practical ideas for solutions. 

 

Partners 

ILO (PACE Partners) 

 

Circular Economy Employment Modelling

PACE Partners International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Sitra are contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda 

  • Integrate and advance decent work in the transition to a circular economy (Textiles, CTA 9; Electronics, CTA 10)  

 

Ambition 

Circular Economy Employment Modelling is an open access model that aims to measure the employment impacts of policies and sectoral actions for the circular economy. When locally-focused data is provided as input, this model can present the outcomes of circular economy interventions in any jurisdiction. 

 

Objectives  

The dynamic simulation model developed has been calibrated to the Finnish context to produce the report Circular Jobs in Finland - Modelling employment impacts resulting from circular economy interventions, published in November 2020. This report explores the outcomes of implementing circular economy interventions for selected products in consumer electronics and appliances, textiles, food, mining and scrap metals, forestry and paper production, and buildings.  

 

Partners 

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Sitra (PACE Partners) 

Sustainable Business Model Innovation Framework

PACE Partner TNO is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda 

  • Guide and Support New Business Models for Environmental, Financial, and Social Triple-Win (Electronics, CTA 4; Textiles, CTA 4; Plastics, CTA 5)

 

Ambition 

The Sustainable Business Model Innovation Framework aims to support organizations to make a systemic shift to sustainable business. It assists the steps of the business model innovation process to support decision-making and attitudes towards circular and sustainable innovations. It combines multi-actor and multi-value business model design with multi-level analysis from the national, regional, sector and value chain economic structures, as well as impact and lifecycle analysis and material flow models and approaches. 

 

Objectives for 2021 

TNO has expanded its work on Sustainable Business Model Innovation. Currently, a portfolio of several projects on ‘collaborative business modelling’ has been set up and a broader team is working on several national and international applications in circularization of, among others, Smart Industry (Industry 4.0, Materials Passports and a circular business model typology), flooring industry, small food supply chains and food waste. In 2021, the focus lies on the expansion of the portfolio on Collaborative Business Modelling, on the concept for governance of the Materials Passports and on the community of practice in circularity and servitization in Smart Industry.   

 

Partners 

TNO (PACE Partner) 

BoP Inc, Nyenrode Business University, The Next Organization, University of Twente 

Rethinking Ownership

PACE Partner Sitra is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda 

  • Guide and Support New Business Models for Environmental, Financial, and Social Triple-Win (Plastics, CTA 5; Textiles, CTA 4; Electronics, CTA 4) 

 

Ambition 

The overall ambition of Rethinking Ownership is to change the narrative on product ownership and circularity. Through this action, Sitra seeks to support businesses in adopting producer ownership models to reduce the consumption of materials and extend product-life. Additionally, it aims to provide information for decision makers in the EU on how the producer ownership models and the EU's sustainable product policy framework are key for mainstreaming circular business models.  

 

Objectives for 2021  

Rethinking Ownership's report has been published in December 2020 and it outlines how, by 2030, companies will have transitioned from simply selling products to renting, maintenance and returns. Sitra is now organizing workshops, studies and events on the topic. 

 

Partners 

Sitra (PACE Partner) 

Consumer Impact Action Panel - Electronics Club

PACE Partner Sitra is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Electronics 

5. Encourage bring-back by consumers

6. Set up effective collection systems

3. Transform Consumption Modes to increase market demand for circular products and services

 

Ambition  

The Consumer Insight Action Panel is a European multi-stakeholder initiative designed to support the transition to the circular economy by generating, applying and testing consumer behavioural insights in circular strategies. It aims to provide support to evidence-based policy and business circular economy innovations co-developed in collaboration with civil society organisations and think-tanks, through a better engagement and understanding of consumers.

 

As part of this initiative, the Electronics Club has brought together about ten organizations from different stakeholder groups in the electronics sector who are committed to better engage consumers, understand consumer behaviour and test behaviourally-informed approaches in retail stores, neighbourhoods and households to increase repairing of electronics, improve product maintenance and boost their returning through take-back schemes. 

 

Objectives for 2021  

In 2021, three pilot interventions on take-back schemes and the French repairability index will be performed and evaluated, also with the aid of a sustainability assessment framework prototype. Moreover, the club will interview experts on the topic of fairness in the circular economy, derive targeted policy recommendations and insights and provide club members with know-how and supporting materials to further improve their circular offers and engage consumers through circular strategies.

 

Partners 

Sitra (PACE Partner) 

CSCP, Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) 

BOOST Tech to Build

PACE Partner the Government of the Netherlands is contributing to the following Call-to-Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Electronics 

10. Integrate and advance decent work in the transition to a circular economy for electronics

8. Strategically plan and install sorting, pre-processing, and recycling operations

4. Guide and support new business models for environmental, financial, and social triple-win

 

Ambition 

The BOOST programme in Mombasa aims to push Kenya's circular economy. It consists of three pillars: 

  • Boost your technology: a factory where computers from the Netherlands and Belgium are refurbished with minimal impact on the environment, job opportunities are created and better working conditions are achieved. 
  • Boost your business: a testing ground for start-ups that develop digital and other solutions to societal problems.  
  • Boost your learning: a training and education centre for building knowledge and creating awareness. Here, ICT professionals are trained, organisations are educated and awareness is raised on e-waste management, sustainable working conditions and circular economy principles. 

 

Objectives for 2021 

The BOOST programme aims to create 50 direct jobs and 300 indirect jobs by the year 2022. It will also build the capacity of around 1500 ICT related professionals across the value chain partners and raise awareness of at least 10.000 people in the Mombasa region to the health, safety and environmental hazards of e-waste and the importance of properly maintaining and disposing of it. 

 

Partners 

The Government of the Netherlands (PACE Partner) 

MDF Training and Consultancy, CrossWise Works, GoodUp, Close The Gap, NITA. 

Digitalisation and Natural Resources Project

PACE Partner Sitra is contributing to the following Call-to-Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Electronics 

1. Incentivize and support product design for circularity 

 

Ambition 

The Digitalisation and Natural Resources project aims at finding out how the actual material and resource requirements of the increasing demand in the ICT sector can be met within a circular approach. It stems from the acknowledgment of how digital solutions are essential to the transition to a circular economy and to the reduction of emissions, and from the question of ‘how the digitalisation megatrend is really sustainable?’.  

By providing information on the raw material needs of digitalisation, the results of this project are intended to support the decision-making process. 

 

Objectives for 2021 

The project – financed by Sitra – has started in December 2020 and ended in June 2021.  

Its objective was to examine the mineral resources required for digitalisation and the challenges and solutions related to them, particularly in Finland and the EU. To do so, it has looked at the following areas: 

  • Definition of digitalisation and characterising the field 
  • Overview of the need for mineral raw materials related to digitalisation 
  • Case studies: smartphone and smart TV 
  • Challenges in the EU and Finland and proposals for measures 

 

Partners 

Sitra (PACE Partner) 

 

GTK, VTT, SYKE 

Circular and Fair ICT Pact

PACE Partner the Government of the Netherlands is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Electronics 

3. Transform consumption modes to increase market demand for circular products and services 

 

Ambition  

The Circular and Fair ICT Pact is an international procurement-led partnership to accelerate circularity, fairness and sustainability in the ICT sector initiated by the Netherlands. The Pact aims to set up networks of procurers in every participating country or region. These networks will be connected internationally to share knowledge, work out harmonized criteria, guidelines and tools, and talk to the market about future developments. They will leverage their collective procurement power, in close dialogue with the ICT supply side, to accelerate the transition towards a circular and fair ICT sector. 

 

Objectives for 2021  

The Pact has been signed officially by the coordinating organizations on June 14. In the next months, the Pact will install a Steering committee, with the objective of taking action to promote the uptake of CFIT commitments and ambitions by individual procuring organizations and buyer groups. 

 

Partners 

The Netherlands (I&W: Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) (PACE Partner) 

UN One Planet Network, Circular Innovation Council of Canada, Governments of Belgium (FIDO), Germany (BMU), Norway (DFO), the United Kingdom (DEFRA), Austria (BMNT) and Switzerland (FOEN)