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Implications of the Circular Economy for Electronic Products

: Clemm, Christian; Nissen, Nils F.; Schischke, Karsten; Dimitrova, Gergana; Marwede, Max; Lang, Klaus-Dieter


Hu, Allen H. (Hrsg.):
Technologies and Eco-innovation towards Sustainability I : Eco Design of Products and Services
Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore, 2019
ISBN: 978-981-13-1180-2 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-13-1181-9 (Online)
ISBN: 978-981-13-1182-6
International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing (EcoDesign) <10, 2017, Tainan>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IZM ()

The Circular Economy concept of the European Union aims to save energy and material resources while minimizing resource risks while giving the EU a competitive advantage in economic terms. This paper explores the implications of the circular economy for electronic products by analyzing design aspects such as durability, reparability, reusability, remanufacturing, as well as plastics recycling and the application of recycled plastics in new products. This involves both reviewing how those aspects are finding their way into new requirements under the EU Ecodesign directive as well as select activities in the research landscape and on company level.