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Final Report - EC-GEPRO (Europe - China Cooperation in Green Electronics Production Research)

Project ID: 33349
Funded under: FP6-NMP


International efforts to phase out the use of hazardous materials such as lead and bromine in the electronics production sector have come a long way with the implementation of the WEEE and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directives in the legislation of most European Union Member States.

Still, however, non-biodegradable e-waste continues to constitute a large and global environmental hazard (according to some estimates, as much as 4 000 tonnes of toxic e-waste is discarded worldwide every hour, constituting a global environmental problem). As an example, disposal of e-waste in landfills accounts for as much as 40 % of the total lead found in landfills. Western countries still export their hazardous e-waste to China through, for instance Guiyu (Guangdong province), where the e-waste is processed in ways extremely harmful to local ecology and human beings.

The overall objective of EC-GEPRO was to support the transition towards sustainable production and consumption in the electronics sector, through increasing knowledge and awareness. This was to be facilitated through increased international collaboration in the development of eco-efficient and sustainable products within the electronics sector, under the heading green electronics. Increasing the links between European researchers and Chinese scientists will contribute specifically to increased transition in this direction. The final report outlines the important strides made towards achieving these objectives.

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