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WS 1: The e-waste Challenge

Workshop Chair: Ellen Gunsilius (GIZ), Elisabeth Herbeck (StEP Initiative) and Mathias Schluep (WRF)
Date and time: Tuesday 24, 11h00 – 13h00 and 16h30 – 18h30
Room: 3


The workshop aims to facilitate the exchange of views from different stakeholder groups like government, industry, and academia on e-waste challenges and solutions through international initiatives and national implementation.

Issues covered

– The role of agencies for international development on sustainable e-waste management in developing and emerging economies?

– The role of international standardisation initiatives and frameworks for sustainable e-waste management

– The role of recyclers, large corporates and governments on sustainable e-waste management

– Identifying challenges and solutions for national policies design, development and implementation

Two sessions conform the Workshop:

Session 1 (11h00-13h00): The e-waste challenge: towards international solutions


Regulatory, financial and technical framework conditions for sustainable e-waste and secondary metals value chains are missing in many countries. Although, some are initiating regulatory and private sector activities, environmental and social standards are often not enforced. This session will start addressing following guiding questions:

– What are the barriers for viable regulatory and financing mechanisms?

– Can agencies for international development contribute to develop sustainable take-back and collection schemes as well as recycling models?

– How can international companies and organizations improve e-waste management practices in developing and emerging economies?

– Can standards for international metals market help improving these practices?

A “World Café” interactive part will allow the discussion on these key questions, as well as on challenges, innovative solutions and future developments regarding e-waste management on a global level. This interactive part will promote active and inspiring discussions and inputs.


– Welcome notes

– StEP Initiative in 2017

– GIZ focus areas and e-waste management projects

– Sustainable Recycling Industries introduction

– World Café and reporting from the groups


Session 2 (16h30-18h30): The e-waste challenge: towards national implementation


Based on the discussions in session 1, possible steps for improving e-waste management at national levels, and types of collaboration needed between stakeholders will be discussed. At the interactive World Café part, selected questions will be covered:

– Which are suitable mechanisms in developing and emerging economies to involve manufacturers, importers and distributers of electric, consumers and electronic products in take-back and financing controlled handling of e-waste?

– Which are feasible mechanisms for linking informal and formal e-waste collectors and recyclers to improve recycling practices?

– What should be the responsibilities and dialogue mechanisms of regulators, manufacturers, retailers and other stakeholders to move from legal frameworks to implementation?


– Governments role: e-waste policy development in Colombia

– Recyclers role and informal-formal linkages: India and South Africa cases

– International manufacturers’ role

– World Café and reporting from the groups

– Closing remarks


· Elisabeth Herbeck, Solving the e-Waste Problem (StEP Initiative)

· Ellen Gunsilius, Daniel Hinchliffe, Michael Funcke-Bartz and Rachna Arora, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz)

· Sonia Valdivia, Sandra Mendez and Mathias Schluep, WRF

· Heinz Böni, Empa

· Klaus Tyrkko, UNIDO

· Franz Marré, Deutsches Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)

· Susanne Karcher, Southern African e-Waste Alliance (SAEWA)

· Levina Owusu, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Ghana


· StEP Initiative 

· World Café Session 

· Improving the Sustainability of e-waste Management – GIZ  

· Informal-formal Recycling Linkages: Experiences in India – GIZ India  

· E-waste Policy Development in Colombia: The Role of the Government  

· Developing a Conductive Legal Framework for Sustainable Management of e-waste in Ghana: Experiences and Way Forward