Green & Sustainable Electronics Agenda

Green & Sustainable Electronics

Day1: November 14, 2019

Networking breakfast
8:15 am - 8:55 am
Green & Sustainable Electronics: keynote presentations
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Session moderated by
Nancy Gillis
CEO
Green Electronics Council
 

9:00 am

Circular economy business requirements
Eelco Smit
Senior Director Sustainability
Group Sustainability, Philips International
In 2016, Philips launched its sustainability program ‘Healthy People Sustainable Planet’ and set the ambitious target to generate 15% of its total revenue from circular propositions by 2020. In order to achieve this target, Philips not only defined to what extent existing revenues met circular criteria, but also defined what steps would be required to improve the performance in the years to come. Additionally, the company embarked on a broader journey of business transformation and capability building to sustain future growth after 2020. This presentation will explain how the concept of circular economy is being translated by Philips into actionable circular revenues and business requirements.
 

9:25 am

iNEMI's Value Recovery Project demonstrates a circular economy for hard disk drives
Dr Carol Handwerker
Professor of Materials Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Purdue University
Peter Afiuny
Executive Vice President
Urban Mining Company
Urban Mining Company logo
The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) Project on Value Recovery from Used Electronics demonstrated the multiple pathways needed for development of a multi-stakeholder circular economy (CE) for hard disk drives (HDDs). iNEMI brought together a team of individuals and organizations who not only represented the full supply chain for value recovery for HDDs, but also the commitment and the wide range of expertise and creative thinking needed to address this multi-dimensional challenge of value recovery from HDDs. The specific stakeholders that participated in the Phase 2 project included Ames Laboratory, Cascade Asset Management, Cisco, Critical Materials Institute, Echo Environmental, Geodis, Google, Idaho National Laboratory, Microsoft, Momentum Technologies, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Purdue University, Rifer Environmental/Green Electronics Council, Seagate Technology, Teleplan, University of Arizona, and Urban Mining Company. This presentation given by Carol and Peter will describe the in-kind funded project, the CE pathways demonstrated and the Ostrom framework used for organizing a self-managing, sustainable system.
 

9:50 am

Lexmark's innovations for circular economy and durability
Sylvie Thomas
EMEA Head of CSR & Environmental Affairs
Lexmark
Lexmark is developing products to transform the way its customers consume goods. The company actively participates in a circular economy by designing products that stay in use longer, incorporate recycled materials and protect natural resources by reducing waste. As a leading re-manufacturer of printer cartridges, Lexmark understands that the adoption of circular economy principles promotes innovation and economic growth in a more environmentally sustainable manner.
 
Break
10:15 am - 10:45 am

10:45 am

Circular economy strategies in EEE
Marco Meloni
Consultant
Sofies
The circular economy model has become highly relevant in recent years, with the electronics industry being one of the sectors at the forefront of its application, not only across Europe but often also in developing countries. Marco will provide some examples from recent projects, completed or ongoing, focusing on cell phones and the off-grid solar sector. In both cases, Sofies has tried to close the loop ensuring collection, repair and recycling, and integrating into one common strategy for the whole life-cycle of the products.
 

11:10 am

Circular economy in E&E industries
Christian Eckert
Head of Environmental Policy Department, ZVEI
Managing Director, ZVEI Batteries Division
A market-oriented approach that leaves room for innovation and fair competition is key to the development of a circular economy. The circa 1,600 member companies of the ZVEI – German Electrical and Electronic manufacturers’ Association continue their efforts and see great opportunities in being part of a solution to a circular economy. Many companies are already offering innovative, energy- and resource-saving products and services. A task of the association is to moderate processes that find a balance between future regulation and the capability of manufacturers to offer products and solutions that are sustainable and competitive on international markets. The presentation will give an insight into current priorities of the sector.
 

11:35 am

Panel Discussion: Sustainable photovoltaic systems (PV modules and inverters)
Nancy Gillis
CEO
Green Electronics Council
Tom Rommens
R&D Manager, Unit Sustainable Materials Management
VITO & CIRCUSOL Coordinator
Andreas Wade
Global Sustainability Director
First Solar
Jan Clyncke
Managing Director
PV Cycle
Davide Polverini
Policy Officer, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME -- Clean Technologies and Products
European Commission
 
Lunch
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Enabling a paradigm shift in electronics materials
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Session moderated by
Professor David Peck
Associate Professor
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

1:30 pm

Wood-based electronic building blocks
Karl Håkansson
Senior Research Associate
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Hjalmar Granberg
Senior Research Associate
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
At the research institute RISE, experts are exploring how materials from the forest can be used in electronics applications. The primary objective is to create new functionality or added value, always with the bonus of working with renewable materials. Its core platforms are the activation of paper, films, filaments, aerogels and hydrogels, in combination with understanding the cyclability of its materials. RISE believes that the forest, as a renewable resource, has a role to play in the future of sustainable electronics.

1:55 pm

Printed Electronics on paper as a solution to reduce e-waste
Dr Gaël Depres
Exploratory & Partnership Manager
Guarro Casas, a subsidiary of Arjowiggins Creative Papers
The European ‘Innpaper’ project has the objective to replace old PCB or even electronics on plastic by using printed electronics on multifunctionalized paper. Devices such as smart labels to point-of-care bioplatforms are under development using multi-site pilot lines. Evaluation of recyclability and Life Cycle Analysis are ongoing to prove the environmental benefits of such processes and products, which could lead to a possible solution to reduce the e-waste generated by traditional electronics.

2:20 pm

WEEE plastics recycling – the successes and challenges of a new green industry
Chris Slijkhuis
Commercial Managing Director
MGG Polymers
MGG Polymers has been the first large-scale WEEE plastics recycling facility in Europe cracking the technological hurdles to produce RoHS- and REACH-compliant post-consumer recycled plastics from WEEE. This did not come just overnight, and it took a lot of time, money and effort to develop. Today, MGG Polymers is supplying the electronics producing industry with green RoHS- and REACH-compliant tech plastics for high-end applications. PC/ABS (polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) used to be one of those plastics that had to be discarded until recently. MGG Polymers introduced a world-first some two years ago with post-consumer recycled PC/ABS from WEEE. Chris Slijkhuis, commercial managing director, will discuss the company’s success story, but will also share the challenges that the company is faced with.

2:45 pm

Life-cycle thinking in product design: the case of post-consumer WEEE plastics
Anton Berwald
Project Manager
Fraunhofer IZM
More than 80% of a product’s environmental impact is determined at the design stage. For a product to be properly recycled at its end of life, it is therefore key that the initial product design matches the recyclers’ requirements. This presentation shows results from the Horizon 2020 PolyCE (Post-Consumer High-tech Recycled Polymers for a Circular Economy) project, highlighting information asymmetries between recyclers and designers. It identifies major challenges on both sides and provides recommendations on how the consideration of life-cycle thinking during the design phase can benefit both recyclers and manufacturers.
Break
3:10 pm - 3:40 pm

3:35 pm

Soluboard: the recyclable PCB substrate
Jack Herring
CEO & Founder
Jiva Materials
Dr Jonathan Swanston
CTO
Jiva Materials
JIVA has developed ‘Soluboard’ – a patented, competitively priced and fully recyclable PCB substrate to rival the industry standard. Around 18 billion square meters of PCBs are manufactured every year and the rising value of precious metals within PCBs means that efficient recycling is a necessity. Waste PCBs are currently processed by shredding and incinerating them to extract the precious metals within. This is a very inefficient process with substantial loss of these metals during reprocessing. JIVA will use Soluboard as a catalyst to rethink the way that we are handling the fastest-growing waste stream in the world.

4:00 pm

An overview about biobased flame retardants
Rodolphe Sonnier
Lecturer in C2MA (Centre of Materials)
IMT Mines Alès France
The presentation deals with the development of bio-based flame retardants for polymers. The different families of biomolecules (polysaccharides, phenols, etc) will be listed with their main features in relation to flammability. Various examples, especially for epoxy resins, will be presented concerning the three main flame retardancy strategies: namely reactive, additive and coating strategies. The main approach is currently to functionalize biomolecules with phosphorus groups to prepare halogen-free flame retardants.

4:25 pm

A roadmap for flexible and green electronics: introducing protein‐based electronics components
Alireza Dolatshahi-Pirouz
Associate Professor
Technical University of Denmark
A research group led by Professor Alireza Dolatshahi-Pirouz at the Technical University of Denmark is developing a new class of thin-film electronics called ‘fleco-ionics’, the goal of which is to find green alternatives to reduce the explosively growing amount of e-waste. The team is using cocoons, woven by silkworms, to extract silk – one of the strongest materials in nature. It is cheap, readily available and biodegradable. In addition, it is an ionic conductor. This presentation will focus on Alireza’s application of a small motion sensor, which does not contain harmful synthetic materials. The production process is extremely simple, with the two components merely being mixed in water. Therefore, this product is incredibly easy to upscale. What’s more, it can be recycled again and again and maintains its high electrical sensitivity even after 2,000 bending cycles.

4:50 pm

Panel Discussion - What commercial opportunities can circular economy-based disciplines bring to product producers and recovery for re-use 'infrastructure' service providers?
Mike Higgins
Founder & Chief Spokesperson
Circularwise
Dr Colin Fitzpatrick
Senior Lecturer, Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering
University of Limerick
Sean Sheehan
CEO
Wisetek
Cris Stephenson
CEO
Environcom
Stefano Zuin
Sustainability Innovation Expert
Electrolux Global Connectivity & Technology
Drinks Reception
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Day2: November 15, 2019

Re-imagining electronics end-of-life: in practice and in theory
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Session moderated by
Mike Higgins
Founder & Chief Spokesperson
Circularwise
 

9:00 am

Inclusive business model for a waste-free telecom industry
Reinhardt Smit
Director - Supply Chains
Closing The Loop
Amsterdam-based social enterprise ‘Closing the Loop’ believes cell phones can become waste-free. But with two billion phones being produced each year and just a few percent being recycled in emerging markets, that can be challenging. Closing the Loop has spent the past five years building two things: an African scrap-collection network and a business model that can fuel proper, safe and corruption-free e-waste management. The company’s founder, Joost de Kluijver, will reveal to delegates how Closing the Loop managed to bring Samsung, T-Mobile and many others on board towards ‘circularity for phones’.
 

9:25 am

How modularity unlocks urban mining, reverse logistics and after sales in remote areas: an update on the PuzzleCompatible open-standard progress
Alejandro Santacreu
Inventor of the PuzzlePhone
Founder, Circular Devices Oy
This presentation will introduce the missing link to enable efficient re-use and customization of more standardized electronic devices. Modularity has been identified as a prerequisite to achieve a more circular economy in electronics. In particular, it would help to match re-usable modules and subassemblies during re-use and repair efforts to keep functional units in active use. Concentrating on those, which caused the highest environmental impact during the initial production? An ecosystem of compatible modules would also enable smaller production runs and smaller companies to participate in constantly updated electronic functionalities while concentrating on their unique customized parts of the product (or on software apps and services, as may be the focus of the company).
 

9:50 am

R2v3: the global standard for certified electronics re-use and recycling
Corey Dehmey
Executive Director
SERI - Sustainable Electronics Recycling International
R2 is the leading electronics re-use and recycling standard in the world with nearly 900 R2 Certified facilities in more than 30 countries. The growth and adoption of R2 Certification worldwide demonstrates its success in setting the bar for sustainable practices and supplementing the laws and regulations across many different regions of the world. The next version of the R2 Standard is being finalized with implementation beginning in 2020. This presentation will introduce the new structure of the R2v3 Standard and highlight the key changes that are expected to be included in the final version.
 
Break
10:15 am - 10:45 am

10:45 am

Transitioning electronics from virgin to recycled plastics: global case studies
Denis Ruyssen
Business Development Manager
Lavergne Group Inc.
In his pragmatic presentation, Denis will explain how & why global OEM can now rely on high-quality recycled plastics made 100% from post-consumer E-waste (rABS and rHIPS). He will explore the need for tight supply chain interactions. Combining such collaborative mindset with recycling innovations, enables Lavergne to supply large volumes of E-waste plastics that can be also used for demanding cosmetic applications… Come and explore how your company can transition to the circular economy!
 

11:10 am

How the introduction of sustainable materials can improve your business case
Karl Edsjö
Director, Environmental & EU Affairs
Electrolux
Within the circular economy, Electrolux is exploring a number of different areas with a primary focus on the use of secondary raw materials. Since the launch of the ‘Green Range’ vacuum cleaners in 2010, the company has continued to expand its use of recycled plastic and has successfully introduced it in a number of applications. Now the company is also looking into other areas of circular solutions with connected appliances, alternative business models and closer cooperation with third parties along the value chain.
 

11:35 am

Sensor-based sorting technology and how it can help reduce flame-retardant content in WEEE plastics
Judit Jansana Borrajo
Head of TOMRA Sorting Iberia
TOMRA Sorting S.L.
European legislation demands for the recycling of end-of-life electronic equipment. At the same time, strict thresholds for recycled materials are in place for hazardous materials and hazardous elements. Recently, flame-retardant plastics – very much prominent in consumer electronics goods – has once more come into focus, with the reduction of bromine content caused by flame retardants especially necessary. Sensor-based sorting, following the detection principle of x-ray transmission, can offer a solution. This technology can detect materials with different atomic densities, thereby removing bromated plastics. Results achieved by this technology will be presented at the E-Waste World Conference & Expo in Frankfurt. Additionally, sensor-based technologies can be used to sort and recover many valuable materials from electronic scrap such as different metals and printed circuit boards.
 

12:00 pm

Product design impacts on the circular economy
Corey Dehmey
Executive Director
SERI - Sustainable Electronics Recycling International
Sean Magann
Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing
Sims Recycling Solutions
Martin Series
Director Sourcing
Global Resale
 
Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Advancing circularity in the world of electronics
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Session moderated by
Chris Slijkhuis
Commercial Managing Director
MGG Polymers

1:30 pm

New business models for circularity
Suzanne Kuiper
Senior Consultant | RC Sustainability
KPMG NL
Arnoud Walrecht
Director
KPMG NL
The transition from a linear ‘make-take-waste’ economy towards a circular economy is not only a transition in the way we consume, collect and process our material flows, it also requires a change in the way we organize our business and design our business models. During an interactive presentation, KPMG will discuss the challenges and opportunities for circular business models (such as product-as-a-service, buy-back contracts, sharing platforms and refurbishment) to enhance and capture economic value while limiting and avoiding e-waste. Questions around financial or fiscal incentives that support the transition will also be dealt with.

1:55 pm

How can a service proposition of a modular phone help align incentives of the value chain actors towards being more circular?·
Miquel Ballester Salvà
Circular Innovation Lead
Fairphone
Current business incentives are often rooted in a short-term and heavily transactional thinking. At Fairphone, they have a mission to inspire the industry to act more responsibly. It has made its smartphone modular and repairable and provides long-term software support. The company is building a service proposition that aims to align the business incentives of component manufacturers, operators, repairers and recyclers to deliver a fully circular proposition. In this proposition, the gap between the technical and the economic lifetime of its products is as small as possible and tracking the state of health of its product is of vital importance to squeeze out all the (environmental) profit of every product unit.

2:20 pm

Implementation challenges for circular economy business models
Dr Richard Peagam
Associate Director, Global Producer Responsibility
Anthesis Group
Technology businesses are growing and diversifying at an unprecedented rate. A circular economy that is based on closing material loops and innovative business models is challenged by supply chain visibility, scale and multinational complexity, speed of innovation, macroeconomic trends and technical limitations. As technology proliferates and becomes more pervasive in society, managing end-of-life electronics in the traditional way becomes more difficult. This presentation highlights challenges and solutions for a more circular economy for electronics in a changing world.
Break
2:45 pm - 3:10 pm

3:10 pm

Material constraints and critical materials: circular pathways for E-waste
Professor David Peck
Associate Professor
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
The demand and supply of a range of technology materials for the production of EEE products continues to grow. The lifespan and technology pace of the sector results in corresponding increases in e-waste. Efforts to develop technologies to mitigate climate change also require increased EEE technologies. The combination of risks of insecurity of supply together with economic importance has led to a range of technology materials being defined as ‘critical materials’. This presentation will explore these fields and present pathways forward that could mitigate negative impacts over the coming decades.

3:35 pm

From now to next: how the combinatorial power of emerging technologies enable circularity
Laura Rheinbay
Sustainability Strategy Consultant
Accenture Strategy
Alexander Holst
Managing Director
Accenture Strategy
Accenture’s Laura Rheinbay and Alexander Holst will look at how fourth industrial revolution technologies are used today, and what could be possible in the near future to envision a new way of managing our resources and tackling e-waste. They will show how different solutions along the value chain can be applied to accelerate the circular transition, addressing challenges of opaque value chains, linear product design and lock-in, inefficient collection and reverse logistics, as well as insufficient sorting and pre-processing. These technologies range from digital datasets linked to physical products using a product passport and the ‘Internet of Materials’; artificial intelligence-based design tools; and blockchain-based reward schemes to hyper intelligent sorting and disassembly supported by machine vision and robotics.

4:00 pm

Panel Discussion - The Circular Procurement Guide: the opportunities and challenges involving ‘buying’ circular
Nancy Gillis
CEO
Green Electronics Council
Andy Cosgrove
Manager, Regulatory Compliance & Environmental Affairs
Xerox
Marcel Jacobs
Founder
Circl8
Michiel van der Ros
Director Business Development EMEA
Flex
There is an increasing emphasis on large-scale purchasers, both public and private sector, supporting circular economy yet there is minimal guidance on how circularity translates into specific procurement requirements and approaches. This panel discussion will give an overview of existing circularity procurement guidance from the EU and relevant examples. This session is linked to the Green Electronics Council-sponsored Sustainable Circular Procurement workshop scheduled to take place at the Kap Europa on 13 November.
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