Récylum, Ecologic, Eco-systèmes and ERP launch "Eco3e", a comprehensive online guide on eco-design of electrical and electronic equipment.
Récylum Ecologic, Eco-systèmes and ERP, eco-organizations approved by the public authorities for the management of household WEEE*, are launching a bilingual (French/English) website to help producers in their eco-design initiatives for electrical and electronic equipment, and thus improve their recyclability.
Challenges and origins of the "Eco3e" website
The "Eco3e" website, entirely dedicated to producers of electrical and electronic equipment in the broadest sense (manufacturers, importers and own-brand distributors), aims to provide the keys to understanding the benefits of eco-design with a view to the end-of-life of equipment placed on the market.
An educational site, "Eco3e" aims to answer questions from both novices and experts in eco-design, covering :
1. The benefits of eco-design ;
2. Regulations and standards related to eco-design (WEEE, RoHS, EuP and REACH directives as well as eco-labels);
3. Eco-design tools (ISO standards, life cycle analysis, indicators, etc.) ;
4. Some eco-design ideas for improving equipment recycling, organized by waste stream, equipment or material.
The "Eco3e" website is aimed at all departments in a company, from general management to the design office, via marketing and purchasing.
"Eco3e": an evolving site, the fruit of collaborative work
"Eco3e" is the fruit of 3 years' collaboration between recycling experts from the 4 eco-organizations behind the project, and teachers from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers in Chambéry, under the direction of Daniel Froelich (an internationally recognized researcher in industrial eco-design) and Martin Charter, a teacher-researcher from the University of Surrey (England).
Interactive, "Eco3e" gives web users the opportunity to comment on each of its data sheets, enabling collaborative updating of the site by the various stakeholders (equipment producers, eco-organizations, researchers, waste treatment companies, etc.) as regulations, science and technology evolve.
*WEEE: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment