EU Circular Economy Initiatives — Possible Impact on Electronics Waste Management, Reuse and Recycling

The European Union (EU) is currently discussing new legislative and non-legislative initiatives aimed at establishing a Circular Economy. Their objective is to improve waste management, recycling, and reuse in Europe, in order to minimize the environmental impact of products, including electronics. These initiatives, once adopted, are likely to impact the electronics industry in different areas, including Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), spare parts availability, chemicals’ authorization and information requirements.

Having a proportionate and smart environmental regulation is one of the key principles guiding IPC in its global advocacy policy. For this reason, IPC is following the current debate on Circular Economy, in order to identify the possible impact on the industry. If you would like to know more about the status of the discussions and their possible consequences on the electronics industry, view the IPC issue brief.

If you have any questions, please contact me at FernAbrams@ipc.org.

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