Andreas Manhart, senior researcher at Oeko-Institut’s Sustainable Products & Material Flows division, has a dedicated focus on resources, recycling and electrical and electronic equipment. He has 12 years of experiences in related research and consultancy projects. During this time, he worked on various issues related to product-design (e.g. eco-labelling, eco-design), energy-efficiency, as well as end-of-life management and recycling and built-up detailed knowledge on European and international approaches and regulations addressing the environmental impacts of ICTs. This includes the Basel Convention, the EU WEEE-Directive, the EU RoHS Directive, the EU EcoDesign Process, and the REACH Regulation.
Since 2009, Mr. Andreas Manhart is also conducting projects aiming to improve waste management and recycling in developing countries and emerging economies. Project activities were widely focused on African countries with project activities in Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and Tanzania. E-waste management in Ghana has been one of his ongoing subjects and Mr. Manhart was involved in the UNEP E-waste Africa Project (2009-2011), the BMBF-funded Best-of-two-worlds Project (2012-2015), the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) Project (2015-2018) and the planning and feasibility phase of the current BMZ-funded e-waste program in Ghana.
Another important pillar of his work are potential means to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining. In this context, he is lead author of the study Conflict Minerals – an evaluation of the Dodd-Frank Act and other resource related measures, which was commissioned by the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and presented to the European Commission in 2013. Furthermore, Mr. Manhart is part of a team developing a method to assess environmental hazard potentials of raw materials (OekoRess Project) and is part of the STRADE project team (Strategic Dialogue on Sustainable Raw Materials for Europe).