From mounting piles of waste to the depletion of natural resources, the current modes of production and consumption are unsustainable. Based on the current linear economic model, products are made, used and discarded.
As environmental concerns skyrocket, chemicals management has become a hot topic for the electrical and electronics industry. Regulatory requirements, which are becoming stricter, have to be met in different areas of the world.
The IEC technical committee that standardizes aspects relating to the circular economy, chemicals management and the ecodesign of electrical and electronic products has updated a key standard used in the supply chain. We spoke to IEC TC 111 Chair Christophe Garnier.