E-Waste Challenges & Opportunities Agenda

E-Waste Challenges & Opportunities

Day1: November 14, 2019

Networking breakfast
8:15 am - 8:55 am
E-Waste Challenges & Opportunities: keynote presentations
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Session moderated by
John Shegerian
Executive Chairman
ERI
 

9:00 am

Recycling electronics: protecting the planet... and your privacy
John Shegerian
Executive Chairman
ERI
Today, the recycling of electronics faces a huge obstacle in the form of digital privacy. Many people – huge multinational corporations included – are reluctant to recycle their electronics for fear that their private or personal data will be compromised. And the fears are not without merit. The recycling of e-waste has indeed become an issue that transcends environmental responsibility – still the principle motivation – and has moved into the realm of security, privacy... even national security. In this conference-opening presentation, ERI’s John Shegerian will discuss how the electronics recycling industry is at a crossroads of dual responsibility – keep toxins out of landfills while responsibly and efficiently achieving data destruction. His message is simple – it can be done!
 

9:25 am

Bridging the distance-to-collection target
Pascal Leroy
Director General
WEEE Forum
Producer responsibility organizations face a number of acute challenges. How can they support the member states in reaching the WEEE collection targets (bridging distance to target)? How can online free-riders be countered? And how can legally binding quality standards for treatment level the playing field?
 

9:50 am

Strategies in product take-back and recovery
Marta Jakowczyk
Program Manager: Take Back and Recovery Ops EMEA
HP, Inc
As the quantity of electronics products increases so, too, does the challenge of managing their impacts responsibly. This presentation explains HP’s strategies to eliminate e-waste and drive efficient, circular value chains. At HP Inc, the commitment to transforming its business model spans its entire value chain: from sourcing practices and operational excellence to how the company designs, delivers, recovers, repairs and re-uses its products and solutions.
 
Break
10:15 am - 10:45 am

10:45 am

Sustainable materials at Dell Technologies: closing the loop
Markus Stutz
Director EMEA Product Compliance & Environmental Affairs
Dell Computer Corporation
At Dell Technologies, the company has been moving its thinking from linear to circular. As an important part of this fundamental change, it has invested in sustainable materials where the technology giant is closing the loop on plastics, carbon fiber, gold and most recently rare earth metals. This presentation will highlight the successes and the challenges encountered so far and cover important aspects of Dell’s take-back program, which is at the heart of its circular economy activities.
 

11:10 am

End-of-life management of PV panels and trends in PV module recycling technologies – averting the crisis
Andreas Wade
Global Sustainability Director
First Solar
With photovoltaic (PV) deployment increasing exponentially, the number of PV modules that reach the end of useful life will also greatly increase after the time lag of operation, accumulating proportionately as waste. In anticipation of the large volume of waste PV modules – and to retain PV’s position as a clean energy technology – PV module recycling has become an important emerging topic, and various discussions and activities have been conducted and developed by governments, organizations and companies. Here, First Solar’s Andreas Wade will discuss how the proper management of end-of-life PV modules to recover valuable materials that can displace virgin ones is an important step toward meeting the challenge of sustainability.
 

11:35 am

Panel Discussion - Improving the e-waste scenario through better collection, treatment certification and models of circularity
Pascal Leroy
Director General
WEEE Forum
Dr Mathias Schluep
Program Director
World Resources Forum
Maxime Furkel
Head of Government Affairs EMEA
Lexmark
Dr Tjerk Wardenaar
Senior Consultant, Energie & Milieu
PNO Consultants
There is no ‘silver bullet’ that will solve the e-waste problem; we need action in different fields. Lexmark, WEEE Forum, World Resources Forum and PNO are currently involved in EU Horizon 2020 research programme, that seek to improve the e-waste scenario. Tjerk will talk about COLLECTORS that will show how best waste management collection practices in certain cities or regions can be examples for others to adopt. Maxime will walk us through C-SERVEES that is piloting circular economy business models in the electronics sector. And Mathias will explain how CEWASTE, which seeks to develop a voluntary certification scheme for waste treatment, will create, validate and launch the scheme for collection, transport and treatment facilities of key types of waste containing significant amounts of valuable and critical raw materials such as waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and batteries.
 
Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The driving forces behind a circular economy in electronics
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Session moderated by
Dr Hamid Karbasi
NSERC Industrial Research Chair - Advanced Recycling Technologies
Conestoga College

1:30 pm

E-Waste in international policy: past, present and future
Dr Katharina Kummer Peiry
Owner & Principal
Kummer EcoConsult
In addressing e-waste, international policy initially focused on prohibiting export to developing countries for dirty dismantling and burning. With the recognition of concepts such as the ‘3Rs’, waste-to-resource and the circular economy came a move to promote re-use, refurbishment and recycling, as well as efforts to distinguish between waste and non-waste in electronics. Today, new clean technologies are being promoted to save the climate, with little thought to the amount of e-waste these will eventually generate. Ensuring environmentally sound production across all sectors will be a policy challenge for the future.

1:55 pm

The role of global treaties in promoting circular economy and e-waste recycling
Dr Rolph Payet
Executive Secretary
Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
With the advent of IT and the Internet of Things (IoT), the increase in e-waste at the global level reached 50 million metric tonnes in 2018 and, if nothing is done, it is expected to reach 120 tonnes annually by 2050, with only about 20% making it to proper recycling facilities. Concomitantly, the export of e-waste, legal or illegally, to countries with little or no facilities for its recycling is leading to increased human exposure and the release of toxic chemicals into the environment. The presentation will focus on the role of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and international policy in addressing this issue and the way forward, including opportunities through the adoption of both legal and voluntary measures.

2:20 pm

Partnerships for sustainable e-waste management in low- and middle-income countries
Daniel Hinchliffe
Advisor Circular Economy & Sustainable Waste Management
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Marcel Grella
Advisor Waste Management and Circular Economy Division 413 Water, Urban Development & Mobility
German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
This presentation will provide insights from the German Development Cooperation approach to the improvement of e-waste management systems in low- and middle-income countries and will introduce the new PREVENT Waste Alliance, which aims to improve waste management in low- and middle-income countries with companies from along the whole electronics value chain.

2:45 pm

Performance indicators for WEEE recycling: do we measure the right thing?
Heinz Böni
Head of Research Group Critical Materials and Resource Efficiency (CARE)
Empa - The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
In essence, WEEE management has two main goals: to maximize retention of value (recycle) and minimize health and environmental risks (depollute). In other words, valuable substances are concentrated into fractions from which they are recovered, while hazardous substances are segregated into treated fractions following best available techniques (BAT) and best environmental practices (BEP). Indicators to monitor WEEE treatment performance should enable evaluation of progress against these goals. However, today’s mass-based recycling and recovery rates are mostly blind to losses of recyclable materials that occur in small mass fractions such as scarce metals. This presentation will focus on analyzing the present shortcomings of performance measurement of WEEE recycling and will shed a light on future research and development needed in this area.
Break
3:10 pm - 3:40 pm

3:40 pm

Aurubis' state-of-the-art end-processing of e-scrap
Andreas Nolte
Director Integrated Management Systems and Public Recycling Affairs
Aurubis
Aurubis currently processes around 150,000 tons per yer of recycled raw materials that originate from e-scrap, such as PCBs, depolluted devices, shredded fractions and chips. The processes fulfil the highest demands on technical, commercial and legal standards, proven by different audit schemes. Extracting metals requires a high-level expertise of pyro- and hydrometallurgical refining processes, the aim being to contribute to the circular economy of e-scrap recycling via multi-metal recycling with high recovery rates of multiple metals.

4:05 pm

Automation as a vehicle for valuable recycling
Marco Guolo
Chief Technology Officer
OSAI Automation Systems
Automation can make the recycling process efficient and reliable. Osai, as an automation provider company, has conceived a real automation application for the recycling of printed circuit boards (PCBs). The system automatically loads and sorts the PCBs and de-solders components from the two surfaces. The same inline system is then capable of fine-sorting the components through the use of machine vision with artificial intelligence, as well as high-speed robotic arms.

4:30 pm

Panel Discussion - Maximizing the value of e-waste through advanced recovery innovations
John Shegerian
Executive Chairman
ERI
Martin Langer
Executive Vice President Business Unit Industrial BioSolutions
BRAIN AG
Olivier Inhoff
Managing Partner
RECENSO & UMS
Dr Hamid Karbasi
NSERC Industrial Research Chair - Advanced Recycling Technologies
Conestoga College
Matanya Horowitz
CEO
AMP Robotics
Big business and industry leaders have taken notice that recycling e-waste is not only good for the environment but is also good business, hence recycling e-waste and e-waste management is fast becoming less of an environmental problem and more of a market opportunity. But what technologies and strategies can provide customers with a maximum economic benefit and maximum commodity return? In this panel discussion, John Shegerian, the executive chairman of the USA's largest electronics take-back and recovery specialist, ERI, will assess some of the latest technologies to turn your operations into a profitable, sustainable business.
Drinks Reception
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Day2: November 15, 2019

The road to recovery or mining to extinction
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Session moderated by
Dr Jan Walter Schroeder
Co-Founder
CisLunar Industries
 

9:00 am

Improving knowledge and securing secondary raw materials from the urban mine
Michelle Wagner
Research Associate
United Nations University - Environment and Human Security (UNU-VIE)
Kristine Sperlich
Scientific Assistant - Environmental Engineering
Technische Universität Berlin
Securing responsible sources of secondary raw materials (SRM) as well as increasing recycling is a complex challenge related to data availability, geographical coverage, accessibility, standardization, harmonization, interoperability, quality and thematic coverage. The ORAMA project has analyzed data collection methods and recommendations from past and ongoing projects to identify best practices, develop practical guidelines and provide training to meet specific needs to improve the knowledge of SRM from batteries, electronics, vehicles and mining waste in Europe. In doing so, it will provide best practice and information to policy-makers to make informed policy decisions to increase the supply and recycling of secondary raw materials. This presentation will focus on sharing the outcomes of the analysis performed for e-waste in the ORAMA project. A short description of the current situation of e-waste reporting and collection methods will be provided as well as a discussion of the different tools resulting from various case studies alongside prioritized recommendations. The presentation will also touch on the results for batteries and vehicles.
 

9:25 am

Increasing efficiency and effectiveness of WEEE collection and recovery
Dr Sven Grieger
Manager WEEE Services
EARN - European Advanced Recycling Network
Within the recently finalized LIFE Project ‘Critical Raw Materials Closed Loop Recovery (CRM Recovery)’, WEEE collection methods were linked to re-use and recovery by conducting and evaluating a series of practical trials in four European countries. This presentation will share experiences and knowledge gained in cooperation with retailers, recyclers, compliance schemes and charities, and will introduce policy and infrastructure recommendations relating to how to optimize WEEE collection and material recovery in the future.
 

9:50 am

Extracting gold, silver, palladium and platinum from circuit boards in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way
Carol A. Jegou
CEO
All Green Precious Metal Recovery/All Green Recycling Inc
AGR has developed, patented, operates and owns 100% of the intellectual property (IP), patented technology and trade secrets for what it believes is the most environmentally sustainable method of extracting the valuable commodities (gold, silver, copper, platinum, and palladium) from circuit boards without using harsh chemicals, as such producing ‘Conflict-Free’ gold. [The Conflict Free Gold Standard provides a common approach by which gold producers can assess and provide assurance that their gold has been extracted in a manner that does not cause, support or benefit unlawful armed conflict or contribute to serious human rights abuses or breaches of international humanitarian law.] The AGR patented process advantages include its hydrometallurgical closed-loop system eliminating air emissions without any discharge. The AGR process is an environmentally safe alternative to smelting without shredding. Its system concentrates precious bearing material from circuit boards to obtain gold, silver, palladium, platinum and copper. AGR utilizes a water-soluble solution which can be rejuvenated and recycled. This proprietary solution can and is being re-used unlimited number of times. The AGR closed-loop precious metal recovery process is highly scalable. Multiple operations could be installed within recycling or refining plants throughout the world, and require very little additional space. The AGR process has lower capital requirements than the current industry standard. Compared with smelting and other cost-intensive pyro-metallurgical recovery methods, AGR’s method can be efficiently operated in smaller facilities, as the equipment takes up considerably less space and requires substantially less labor compared to the traditional methods of chemical or pyrometallurgical processes. Currently, AGR has successfully expanded the technology and operations to produce 99.9% pure gold, silver, copper, palladium and platinum.
 
Break
10:15 am - 10:45 am

10:45 am

Changing the way e-waste is recycled through the use of environmentally friendly technology
Duane Nelson
President & CEO
EnviroLeach
Duane Nelson will discuss EnviroLeach’s proprietary environmentally friendly solution to extract precious and strategic materials from ores, concentrates and e-waste. This new and unique formula, which is non-cyanide and non-acid based, is one of only a handful of chemical compounds known that can dissolve gold into a solution, which is a critical step in gold mining. The leach kinetics, efficiency and safety of the EnviroLeach formula is superior to that of cyanide and its alternatives without environmental consequences. Duane will explain all of the benefits of the innovation and how he envisages EnviroLeach becoming a core participant in the circular integration of the technology supply chain by converting the e-waste of today into a sustainable source of metals for the technologies of tomorrow.
 

11:10 am

Developing innovative approaches to biometallurgy
Dr Will Barker
Founder & CEO
Mint Innovation
The mining of virgin metal faces a growing number of economic and regulatory challenges. Biometallurgy provides a capital-efficient and environmentally benign method for recovering valuable metals from existing sources that are currently going to waste. Mint Innovation is developing biometallurgical processes that use microbes to capture value from metal waste streams while mitigating environmental harm. As Dr Will Barker will explain, the company’s aim is to create modular metal-recovery solutions that fit into the modern idea of a circular economy, thereby enabling better use of finite resources.
 

11:35 am

Wastewater treatment using e-waste
Professor Praveena Gangadharan
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad (IIT PKD)
Nowadays, electronic waste is the fastest-growing menace in the world. The management of e-waste is highly critical in developing countries due to improper collection and disposal practices. This presentation will give a brief of the prospect of recycling/reusing the e-waste by applying a concept of ‘utilizing one waste to treat another and recover energy’.
 

12:00 pm

Panel Discussion - Could international policy be doing more to address the global e-waste challenge?
Dr Rolph Payet
Executive Secretary
Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Dr Katharina Kummer Peiry
Owner & Principal
Kummer EcoConsult
Pascal Leroy
Director General
WEEE Forum
 
Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Closing the loop in the electronics sector
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Session moderated by
Elisabeth Smith
Executive Officer
Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative

1:30 pm

Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative
Elisabeth Smith
Executive Officer
Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative
The Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative is an independent, multi-stakeholder platform for designing strategies that address all dimensions of electronics in an increasingly digitized world. StEP provides a global platform for sharing information, knowledge and recommendations, facilitates inclusive solutions-oriented members’ dialog and cooperation, works internationally to develop fair and objective policies and support the implementation of sustainable solutions and provides a scientific basis to change the awareness, knowledge, attitudes and behavior of the international business and consumer public. During this presentation, StEP’s ongoing activities will be presented by Elisabeth – for example, in terms of capacity building and addressing current issues for sustainable e-waste solutions. Further glimpses of members’ projects will also be provided.

1:55 pm

European Union WEEE Open Scope: one year on
Sabrina Zanin
Global Key Account Manager
Landbell Group
The so-called Open Scope, which WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU required member states to transpose by 15 August 2018, recently celebrated its first anniversary. The new way of defining and categorizing electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) brought new challenges for national authorities and producers. All EU member states are using the new definition of EEE although some apply different categories and enforcement dates. In practical terms, Open Scope brought more companies and products under the scope of the Directive and authorities needed to adjust their national registers. This presentation will provide an overview of national transpositions and observed practical challenges.

2:20 pm

Rethinking e-waste and new technology
Daniel Quelch
UK Sustainability & CSR Manager
Epson Europe
We understand climate change, sustainability and e-waste among others are a global societal problem. This is why, in 2017, Epson revised its Management Philosophy, adding the phrase ‘indispensable company’ to declare its commitment to use its technology to provide new customer value in order to play a central role in realizing a better world. Epson’s primary emphasis is on tackling the needs of customers and society, and on exceeding their expectations. Daniel’s presentation will look at how Epson is tackling some of the big e-waste issues, creating innovation to help waste and how it is seeking to create value that exceeds customers’ expectations by encouraging its people to draw on their strengths and take the initiative to identify and deliver products and services that will enrich lives and bring customers delight, happiness and greater convenience.
Break
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

3:15 pm

The challenges of recycling lithium-ion batteries in North America
Carl E. Smith
CEO & President
Call2Recycle
Despite overwhelming alignment that lithium-ion batteries should be recycled, it remains extremely difficult to recycle them in North America. Safety constraints, nascent infrastructure and a dearth of a regulatory framework all conspire to restrain battery recycling. While there is good news on the horizon, there continues to be barriers to optimizing recycling and fulfilling the promise of a circular economy. Carl E. Smith heads Call2Recycle, Inc, North America’s premier consumer battery recycling organization that has recycled more than 160 million pounds of batteries since its inception. Carl will document these challenges and offer insights into what might be done to improve battery recycling in North America.

3:40 pm

Panel Discussion - International projects to enable sustainable e-waste management solutions
Elisabeth Smith
Executive Officer
Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative
Eelco Smit
Senior Director Sustainability
Group Sustainability, Philips International
Heinz Böni
Head of Research Group Critical Materials and Resource Efficiency (CARE)
Empa - The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
Daniel Hinchliffe
Advisor Circular Economy & Sustainable Waste Management
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Morton Hemkhaus
Project Manager
adelphi
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