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1 Forum on The Complexity of the E-waste Problem Paris, 18 September 2012 Flavio CUCCHIETTI – Telecom Italia The Complexity of the E-waste Problem

2 1 | Renato Scotti TELECOM ITALIA GROUP TELECOM ITALIA - PUBLIC Forum on The Complexity of the E-waste Problem Paris, 18 September Flavio CUCCHIETTI The e-waste problem

3 2 | Renato Scotti TELECOM ITALIA GROUP TELECOM ITALIA - PUBLIC Forum on The Complexity of the E-waste Problem Paris, 18 September Flavio CUCCHIETTI The e-waste problem ©2009 Basel Action Network (BAN) Photo: Alex Hofford Photo: SayantanBera/CSE

4 3 | Renato Scotti TELECOM ITALIA GROUP TELECOM ITALIA - PUBLIC Forum on The Complexity of the E-waste Problem Paris, 18 September Flavio CUCCHIETTI The best way to deal with e-waste is … From the manufacturing phase through: E-waste conscious design Avoid use of heavy pollutants Minimization on the use of resources Regulations and standards During the life of equipment Prolonging its lifetime Designing for reuse/multiple use At end of life Designing for easy disassembly … avoid (or at least minimize) it!

5 4 | Renato Scotti TELECOM ITALIA GROUP TELECOM ITALIA - PUBLIC Forum on The Complexity of the E-waste Problem Paris, 18 September Flavio CUCCHIETTI Avoid/minimize through standardization Environmentally conscious companies have e-waste minimization programmes in place but: Such programmes are difficult to set up and manage The extra cost can discourage them As individual companies they can have little impact Need to create critical mass and act soon Regulation is complex and takes long time The ICT Sector should move up Standardization can fill the gap and lead the market

6 5 | Renato Scotti TELECOM ITALIA GROUP TELECOM ITALIA - PUBLIC Forum on The Complexity of the E-waste Problem Paris, 18 September Flavio CUCCHIETTI Avoid/minimize through standardization An example the external power supply (EPS) Market loudly demands for interoperable, reusable and longer life equipment Volume produced is enormous (>4Billion/year) It is about 1 million tons of electronic equipment It could correspond to an 1000km queue of trucks full op EPSs

7 6 | Renato Scotti TELECOM ITALIA GROUP TELECOM ITALIA - PUBLIC Forum on The Complexity of the E-waste Problem Paris, 18 September Flavio CUCCHIETTI Avoid/minimize through standardization The ITU/GeSI report An Energy-aware Survey on ICT Device Power Supplies gives relevant information on the problem and on the improvement opportunities T/climatechange/report- ict-device.html

8 7 | Renato Scotti TELECOM ITALIA GROUP TELECOM ITALIA - PUBLIC Forum on The Complexity of the E-waste Problem Paris, 18 September Flavio CUCCHIETTI Avoid/minimize through standardization Use of resources and evaluation of future e-waste can be based upon the weight of the EPSs Huge weight differences among same class EPSs Need and opportunity to improve Aligning them with the best (lightest) in the corresponding category could reduce the use of resources (and e-waste) by 300 thousand tons per year

9 8 | Renato Scotti TELECOM ITALIA GROUP TELECOM ITALIA - PUBLIC Forum on The Complexity of the E-waste Problem Paris, 18 September Flavio CUCCHIETTI Avoid/minimize through standardization Availability of standardized EPSs would avoid unnecessary production of billions elements per year The report estimates potential e-waste reduction of 600 thousand tons per year Further reduction is expected as the Recommendation includes requirements on: longer life duration electrical strength weight limits

10 9 | Renato Scotti TELECOM ITALIA GROUP TELECOM ITALIA - PUBLIC Forum on The Complexity of the E-waste Problem Paris, 18 September Flavio CUCCHIETTI Avoid/minimize through standardization Environmental analysis Global Warming potential (GWP) EPSs of the same category have quite different GWP Another opportunity for improvement!

11 10 | Renato Scotti TELECOM ITALIA GROUP TELECOM ITALIA - PUBLIC Forum on The Complexity of the E-waste Problem Paris, 18 September Flavio CUCCHIETTI Another example – The ADSL access gateway (AG) From 2009, Telecom Italia established strict environmental requirements on AGs (market of millions pieces): Energy efficiency Recycled and recyclable plastics No use of blends No chlorinated No brominated Easy dismantling

12 11 | Renato Scotti TELECOM ITALIA GROUP TELECOM ITALIA - PUBLIC Forum on The Complexity of the E-waste Problem Paris, 18 September Flavio CUCCHIETTI Work in progress Life cycle thinking is becoming common rule in companies and in standardization In 2011 ITU-T standardized the Universal mobile charger (L.1000) Standardization of External Power Supply for fixed equipment is advancing in ITU-T SG5 Next meeting (and hopefully finalization ) next October in Geneva It will enable huge savings and e-waste avoidance The best way to deal with e-waste is … … avoid (or at least minimize) it!

13 12 | Renato Scotti TELECOM ITALIA GROUP TELECOM ITALIA - PUBLIC Forum on The Complexity of the E-waste Problem Paris, 18 September Flavio CUCCHIETTI THANK YOU Report:


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