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European ECOsystem for greeN Electronics


Eine ökologisch nachhaltige elektronische Industrie für Europa aufbauen

Die Verbreitung von Elektronik und elektronischen Geräten hat zu deutlich mehr Elektronikschrott geführt, der in der Politik schnell zur Priorität wurde. Das ist ein kritisches Problem und wird im Europäischen Grünen Deal explizit als Ziel für Maßnahmen im Bereich Kreislaufwirtschaft genannt. Doch durch die Komplexität der Wertschöpfungskette im Elektronikbereich sind Maßnahmen schwierig umzusetzen. Daher werden im EU-finanzierten Projekt EECONE in Zusammenarbeit mit 54 Parteien entlang der Wertschöpfungskette verschiedene Methodiken und Maßnahmen geprüft, um den Fortschritt voranzutreiben. Der Fokus liegt dabei hauptsächlich auf einem besseren Design der Elektronik für mehr Zuverlässigkeit, Reparierbarkeit, Wiederverwendbarkeit, Überholungsmöglichkeiten und Rezyklierbarkeit, damit weniger Elektroschrott anfällt und ein nachhaltigerer Ansatz verfolgt werden kann.


Many different environmental impacts arise from electronics, and the handling of electronic waste (e-waste) is rising quickly to the top of the agenda. E-waste is a significant issue for Europe:
Improving its management is an explicit goal of the Green Deal objectives and the Circular Economy Action Plan (3.1. Electronics and ICT). However, due to the requirement to involve the whole value chain, from raw material suppliers to consumers, the complex material background and supply chain, as well as the multitude of competing interests, achieving circularity in the electronics industry is challenging.

The main aim of the EECONE project is to reduce e-waste on a European scale.

To this end, 54 entities (47 partners, 2 associated partners and 5 affiliated entities) from 16 European countries covering different sectors of activity have joined forces to propose practical ways of reducing the volume of e-waste in the EU. Crucially, the entities that make up EECONE represent all parts of the value chain. EECONE’s approach is interdisciplinary, covering the social, economic, technological, and policy aspects.

The environmental impact arising from e-waste can thus be reduced by working in three principal areas:
a) Increase service lifetime of electronic products by application of ecodesign guidelines for increasing their reliability and their repair rate, thereby reducing the volume of e-waste. Reduction and replacement of materials to decrease the impact of e-waste.
b) Improved circularity by reusing, recycling, and waste valorising materials/elements from electronic products.

EECONE’s vision is to develop and embed the constraints linked to managing the end-of-life of electronic products from the very beginning – in the development or process design. EECONE is paving the way as a first step toward a zero-waste electronic industry. The “6R concept will fully guide EECONE” (Reduce, Reliability, Repair, Reuse, Refurbish, Recycle).

To deploy its ambitious vision, the EECONE project defines four main objectives:
a) Define green. Create clear, simple, open tools to define and design ECS for circularity. Generate, for the first time, a clear framework aiding producers to evaluate their choices and pathways to ecodesign, to foster European leadership in the green transition.
b) Make green ECS (Electronic Components Systems): Provide innovative techniques for reducing, repairing, reusing, refurbishing, recycling to decrease e-waste and boost circularity in a new generation of electronics.
c) Showcase green solutions: Demonstrate innovation potential, usability, and versatility of the green solution along the value chain.
d) Building consciousness: Create an ecosystem empowering the 6R ECS generation.

EECONE is a major opportunity to create a European ECOsystem for greeN Electronics and to position Europe as a role model for low environmental impact electronics.


€ 602 354,85
85579 Neubiberg

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Landkreis
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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