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European ECOsystem for greeN Electronics

Description du projet

Créer une industrie électronique écologiquement durable pour l’Europe

La prolifération de l’électronique et des appareils électroniques a entraîné une augmentation considérable des déchets électroniques, qui ont rapidement pris de l’importance aux yeux des décideurs politiques de l’UE. Cette question est cruciale, et le pacte vert pour l’Europe l’identifie explicitement comme un objectif et une cible pour la mise en œuvre d’actions en faveur d’une économie circulaire. En raison de la nature complexe de la chaîne de valeur de l’électronique, la réalisation de cet objectif représente un défi. Pour le relever, le projet EECONE, financé par l’UE, en collaboration avec 54 entités de la chaîne de valeur, vise à déployer différentes méthodologies et actions pour faciliter les progrès en la matière. Ces efforts sont principalement axés sur l’amélioration de la conception des produits électroniques afin d’en améliorer la fiabilité, la réparabilité, la réutilisation, le reconditionnement et la recyclabilité, réduisant ainsi les déchets électroniques et contribuant à une approche plus durable.

Objectif

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.

Coordinateur

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 602 354,85
Adresse
AM CAMPEON 1-15
85579 Neubiberg
Allemagne

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Région
Bayern Oberbayern München, Landkreis
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Liens
Coût total
€ 2 409 419,40

Participants (51)

Partenaires (2)