In a recent IEC managed networking session hosted by the Chair of the IEC Advisory Group on Environmental Aspects (ACEA), Solange Blaszkowski, presented the circular economy as a solution to global challenges and how standards can help.
Protecting the planet with standards, the theme of this year’s World Standards Day, highlights the important role of standards in helping to minimize the negative consequences that human activity can have on the planet.
New analysis of refuse left outside the city walls of Pompeii suggests that the ancient Romans may have invented recycling. Archaeologists believe that the Romans regularly sorted and reused materials such as broken tiles, amphorae and lumps of mortar and plaster.
IEC is to take part in talks on the critical environmental requirements for electronics. The organizers are the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and IPC, a global trade and industry-based association which represents the printed board and electronics assembly industry.
The circular economy calls for a radical shift in production and consumption. Continual cycles recover and restore products, components and materials through strategies such as reuse, repair, remanufacture and, ultimately, recycling. It is a systemic approach to managing resources.
Circular economies can be described as a systemic approach to the design of process, products and business models in order to enable sustainable economic growth through the effective management of resources.
The circular economy calls for a paradigm shift in production and consumption across society. Continual cycles recover and restore products, components and materials through strategies such as reuse, repair, remanufacture and, ultimately, recycling.
A new economic model is emerging that re-evaluates our current approach to production and consumption. It is based on circular mechanisms in which products and materials can be reused, repaired, refurbished, remanufactured and, ultimately, recycled.