Wayne Rifer (Green Electronics Council)
Project Leader: Lisa Dender (IBM)
Presentation (December 5, 2017)
The Reuse and Recycling Metric is necessary to provide a way to measure and manage the environmental choices of electronic products from design through end-of-life. However, to truly impact end-of-life, product designers, recyclers and refurbishers need to work in concert to understand how the choices in design and materials are effecting the end-of-life performance of the product, and ways to improve the final outcome. A predictive metric is needed. The team presented their current work on impacts for a metric that goes beyond mass-based considerations and requests discussion and input on the work.
Project Statement and Statement of Work
- A mass based reusability and recyclability rate:
- Depends on data which is not readily available (BoM, RRR rates)
- Does not specify the costs/revenues of reuse and recycling
- Does not specify the ability to practically separate and liberate the components and materials
- Identify design measure to improve material choice, material and component liberation (materials + liberation + circular economy impacts)
- Identify product-related cost factors influencing economic feasibility of reuse and recycling
- Identify weighing factors
- Get ahead of regulation
- Develop a metric system that can be applied to different electronic products
- To develop a scoring system (qualitative/semi-quantitative) which assesses the ability – economic feasibility and physical practicality – to separate and liberate the materials from ICT products (product category specific).
- To develop a weighing factor which quantifies the quality of the reused and recycled materials (exergy, cumulated energy demand, price, environmental impact).
- To develop a product end of life value score (includes reuse and recycling) – 3 tier scope of material choice, product design and regional recovery factors (what is the net value of the design/material and need choices).
- Investigate and engage with key standards or similar organizations to promote the use of our findings.
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