Enhancing reuse and resource recovery of electrical and electronic equipment with reverse logistics to meet carbon reduction targets

Cole, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-5681-827X, Gnanapragasam, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8777-4847, Singh, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-9215-0166 and Cooper, T. ORCID: 0000-0001-8623-2918, 2018. Enhancing reuse and resource recovery of electrical and electronic equipment with reverse logistics to meet carbon reduction targets. Procedia CIRP, 69, pp. 980-985. ISSN 2212-8271

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Technological advances, with increasing numbers of products containing complex electronic circuitry, have resulted in e-waste becoming the fastest-growing global waste stream. High levels of embodied carbon in these products ensure that, to meet emissions reduction targets proposed by the United Nations Paris Agreement, tackling e-waste requires strategies to address climate change United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13 (UNSDG13). This paper identifies the contribution improved reverse logistics can make to extending product lifetimes through facilitating reuse. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with academics, industry-leaders and policymakers in the United Kingdom and Europe. This research identified that improvements in availability and efficiency of reverse logistics processes would increase reuse potential and efficient resource recovery. Availability and efficiency challenges can be addressed through careful promotion, incentivisation, and engagement of existing compliance schemes. If these challenges are approached from a life cycle perspective, it will be possible to protect against value loss in global supply chains (UNSDG12) and address the climate action agenda.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: 25th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) Conference, 30 April –
2 May 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark
Publication Title: Procedia CIRP
Creators: Cole, C., Gnanapragasam, A., Singh, J. and Cooper, T.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: 2018
Volume: 69
ISSN: 2212-8271
Rights: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 28 Nov 2017 14:32
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2018 14:03
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32092

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