Workshop: E-Waste Management - Issues & Challenges

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The world around us is gradually becoming virtual. In both our private and professional space, we rely increasingly on technology and consequently, on electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). These electronic devices, however, have finite lifespans and need to be discarded at the end of their “useful life”. The result is mounting volumes of electronic waste or e – waste.

Event Information

November 28 to 29, 2019

Chennai
Organizer: DWIH New Delhi, RWTH Aachen University, and Max Planck Society

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Venue: IIT Madras

Concept Note

The UN e – Waste Coalition Report (January 2019) estimates the worldwide e – waste production to be as much as 50 million tonnes a year (over 6 kg for every person on the planet). India is said to be the 5th largest producer of e – waste in the world, with volumes estimated to cross 5 million tonnes per year by 2021. Inadequate recycling infrastructure only compounds the menace.  At present, only 5 % of e-waste is recycled in India; 95% is managed by the unorganized sector and scrap dealers who dismantle the products and dispose them off instead of recycling.

This results, for one, in higher cost and lower rate of recovery of many valuable materials like gold, platinum, cobalt and rare earth elements present in e – waste.  And for another, in health and ecological risks which arise due to direct contact with harmful and, often, carcinogenic components of e-waste such as lead, cadmium, chromium etc., as well as from contaminated soil, water and food due to accumulation of chemicals from e – waste. The emissions of these persistent organic pollutants can also perturb the atmospheric chemistry and climate by altering the concentration of several important atmospheric gases on a regional scale.

Due to lack of implementation of well- meaning and stringent regulations like the “E – Waste (Management) Rules, 2016” in India, which highlight specific responsibilities for each party involved in the production, disposal, and management of e – waste, there is a dire need to involve industry – academia collaborations encompassing the spectrum of fundamental research, technology development, improved e-waste management, and effective policy making. This two – day workshop therefore intends to serve as a platform to industry, academia, research institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and policy makers to discuss the research, technologies, and policies required to manage e-waste and its larger climate and societal impact. Experts from India and Germany will share their ideas, presentations, studies and research findings aimed at exploring the following broad themes.

Tentative Panels

Recycling of Plastic in e-Waste

Dr Roland Weber

Dr. Roland Weber is chemist and has been researching on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) for 25 years. He has been working as an international consultant mainly for UN Organisations (UNEP, UNIDO, UNDP, Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention) and environmental ministries on the implementation of the Stockholm Convention (www.pops.int) for 15 years now and has supported more than 30 countries in their National Implementation Plan development for POPs reduction. His areas of expertise include dioxins, other unintentional POPs and chlorinated, brominated and fluorinated POPs and POPs-like chemicals. He is drafter/co-drafter of several technical inventory and guidance documents on Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Practices (BAT/BEP) for the Stockholm Convention and is member of the UNEP/Stockholm Convention Dioxin Toolkit und BAT/BEP group.
He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals (www.researchgate.net/profile/Roland_Weber3).

Metals Present in e-Waste

Details will be updated soon.

e-Waste Management Rules: Policy Recommendations

Morton Hemkhaus
Project Manager, adelphi

Morton Hemkhaus works on projects relating to circular economy, resource efficiency and waste management. In this context he designs, implements and evaluates development cooperation projects in the plastics, electronics and textile industries. His main focus lies on the design and implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) systems. Further, he is responsible for the coordination of adelphi’s internal environmental management system in accordance with the requirements of the European EMAS Regulation. Prior to joining adelphi, Morton worked on CSR and business ethics in academia, non-profits and private sector consulting. He holds a master’s degree in environmental management and policy from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) in Lund, Sweden.

Case studies from Ghana & India

Details will be updated soon.

IIT Madras

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