Implications of the Circular Economy for Electronic Products
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The circular economy concept of the European Union aims to save energy and material resources while minimizing resource risks and giving the EU a competitive advantage in economic terms. This paper explores the implications of the circular economy for electronic products by analyzing design aspects such as durability, reparability, reusability, remanufacturing, as well as plastic recycling and the application of recycled plastics in new products. This involves both reviewing how those aspects are finding their way into new requirements under the EU Ecodesign Directive and highlighting select activities in the research landscape and on company level.
KeywordsCircular economy Ecodesign Directive Electronic products
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