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Annual Report of StEP E-Waste Initiative Published

Contact: Ruediger KUEHR

A new report published by the Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative details its activities during 2012 and 2013. This global network of more than 65 member organizations is led by UNU-ISP’s Operating Unit in Germany, SCYCLE, and focuses on developing science-based, real world solutions to e-waste.

The report details how the StEP Initiative has generated comprehensive, verifiable data on e-waste volumes for the first time, soon to be made widely available through an online e-waste world map. During 2012 and 2013 the initiative continued to develop smart product design strategies, and support e-waste legislation in the developing world. The StEP Initiative disseminated results through publications, including several White Papers and Green Papers, and developed capacity through E-Waste Academies for managers and scientists.

The StEP Initiative facilitates research, analysis and dialogue to address the growing environmental and social problems posed by waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). The initiative considers social, environmental, technical and economic aspects of the product life cycle, from design and production to collection, disposal and recycling. Its members include businesses, international organizations, governments, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions.