Developments and challenges in design for sustainability of electronics

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Abstract

Sustainability of electronic products until recently mainly focused on improving the energy efficiency. Recently, resource efficiency has become of growing importance. Due to the use of relatively small amounts of many valuable and scarce materials, often intimately mixed, the design of electronic products deserves specific attention. From a materials perspective measures are needed to improve on recyclability. In addition to the use of recyclable materials, the ability to break connections between materials that are not compatible in recycling processes is crucial. Environmentally and economically more interesting than recovery of materials is the reuse of components or products. To enable multiple product lifecycles, product design should also explicitly address maintenance, upgradeability, modularity and disassembly. Design guidelines will be presented and challenges with respect to impact assessment and business model development will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransdisciplinary Lifecycle Analysis of Systems
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd ISPE Inc. International Conference on Concurrent Engineering, CE 2015
EditorsR. Curran, N. Wognum, M. Borsato, J. Stjepandić, W.J.C. Verhagen
PublisherIOS Press
Pages3-13
Number of pages11
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61499-544-9
ISBN (Print) 978-1-61499-543-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event22nd ISPE Inc. International Conference on Concurrent Engineering, CE 2015 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 20 Jul 201523 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameAdvances in Transdisciplinary Engineering
PublisherIOS Press
Volume2

Conference

Conference22nd ISPE Inc. International Conference on Concurrent Engineering, CE 2015
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period20/07/1523/07/15

Keywords

  • Circular economy
  • Design tools
  • Electronic waste
  • Electronics
  • End-of-life treatment
  • Product design
  • Re-use
  • Recycling
  • Resource efficiency
  • Sustainability

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