Experts Discuss E-waste for Low Carbon Development in China

Jan 21, 2015

UNDP China, FECO-MEP and e-waste experts after discussing e-waste innovations for recycling and disposal

The E-waste Recycling and Disposal & Low Carbon Development seminar, co-organized by UNDP China and Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) of Ministry of Environment Protection (MEP), was held this Thursday, January 21st, 2015.

Most recently, electronic waste has become an increasingly important global issue. It has been estimated that 50 million metric tonnes of obsolete electrical equipment is thrown away each year worldwide. Toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury and cadmium negatively affects human health and the environment in both developed and developing countries.

During the seminar, members of FECO Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), China Resource Recycling Association, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and more came together to discuss challenges and responses to e-waste recycling and disposal. Representatives from private sectors including Baidu, TCL Aobo Environmental Protection & Development Co. Ltd, Lenovo, Haier, GEM, Aihuishou and Gree shared good practices, including how to make e-waste processing an inherent part of the e-production process and how to develop a sustainable business model for registered e-waste processing companies.

Furthermore, the seminar also discussed the latest ideas in development and business such as low carbon development, online and offline solutions and green logics.

Christophe Bahuet, Country Director of UNDP China emphasized the importance of this e-waste seminar. “As we see, the e-waste issue cannot be solved by one actor---only when all relevant sectors sit together can a comprehensive and systematic solution that is sustainable and environmentally sound be implemented. We need both wise guiding policies and smart business models to make this happen. ”

In response to this existing challenge, in July UNDP together with FECO implemented a Global Environmental Facility (GEF) funded e-waste management project,  developing the National Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Management System. The project sheds light on best available techniques and environmental practices for e-waste management in China. Later, a ground breaking partnership between UNDP and Baidu was established to support the GEF e-waste project focusing on big data and online solutions.

Lu Jian, Program Manager of Baidu Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program said that a new form of cooperation should be established between emerging cyber industries and traditional electronic refurbishment industries to solve e-waste recycling and disposal. By working together, an effective solution for e-waste recycling and disposal can be implemented domestically and globally.


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