The Environmental Perspective

Safeguarding our Raw Materials Supply

The ICT industry is critically dependent on some materials and minerals for their products. This brings new challenges given the scarcity and soaring cost of these raw materials. Companies are gradually realising they need to make business-changing decisions in order to safeguard future supplies.
Through the Recover-E® Program, we partner with large companies and knowledge institutions to deliver innovations that guarantee the supply of raw materials, create added value for business and society and ultimately contribute to a more circular economy.
Recover-E® focuses on every element of the chain, encouraging optimum product design, use, reuse, and recycling to get the most out of the existing raw materials.

Enabling Optimal Design and Material Re-use

The Recover-E® Program actively encourages the exchange of information between both the manufacturers of ICT hardware and the end-processing parties. All information is recorded in a single powerful database which is accessible via an online platform.
When coupled with innovative recycling processes, the experiences and insights derived from this information can enable both manufacturers and end-processors to objectively discuss product design optimisation. Bridging the gap between product design on the manufacturing side, and recycling on the end-processing side, means that we can focus on implementing the appropriate improvements on both sides of the chain. This approach is also in line with the new requirements for re-use and recycling in the European WEEE Directive where Design for recycling is a major component in the circular economy.

Circular Economy

The take-make-dispose process so characteristic of a linear economy based on the consumption of products and materials has led to a number of challenges for society. The mining of virgin raw materials has often been linked to environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources and loss of nature and biodiversity for example.
In a circular economy, the focus is on reusing products and materials, and closing life cycle – in effect, turning around the depletion of materials. Adopting concepts such as cradle-to-cradle® thinking can support these shifts.

Lifecycle Analysis…with Recover-E®

The strength of Recover-E® lies in its focus on managing data relating to ICT equipment, components, parts and materials throughout the whole life cycle. Ultimately, the Program will be expanded to provide Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) data on all recovered products, enabling all stakeholders in the chain to monitor their contributions to building a circular economy.