Workshop: WEEE - Circular economy opportunities

SESSION H13 / / 15:30 - 17:10
Workshop: WEEE - Circular economy opportunities
Chair / Presidente: P. Leroy (BE)

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is one the fastest growing waste streams in the EU; it is estimated that 12 million tonnes will be generated in 2020. The improvement of WEEE prevention, collection and recovery is essential to creating circular economies and enhancing resource efficiency. This will require new approaches in the design, manufacturing, use and end of life treatment of electrical and electronic equipment.
C-SERVEES is a project funded under the H2020 Program (2018-2022) that aims to boost circular economic business models in the EEE sector. The business models will be developed through wide consultation with relevant stakeholders and their viability will be tested through demonstrations involving four target products: washing machines, printers, televisions and access link monitoring equipment used in telecoms. These products belong to EEE categories that together account for 77% of WEEE collected in the EU.

The following questions will be addressed:
• Can the e-sector adapt to circular economy thinking?
• Why don’t we see more examples of circular economy thinking in the e-sector?
• Does circular economy work for all product categories in the e-sector?
• Does our Circular Economy Business Model match the needs of consumers and industry?

Introductory lectures:

E. Moliner (ES)
Introduction to C-SERVEES - The landscape and opportunities for developing the circular economy in the EEE sector

B. Kopacek (AT)
A new Circular Economy Business Model, created within the C-SERVEES project

P. Carminati (CH)
Circular Economy in practice at Lexmark

P. Leroy (BE)
Results from our survey on opportunities and barriers to Circular Economy

17:10 - 17:40 Coffee break + Poster discussion