With our seemingly endless appetite for the latest electronic devices and their cocktail of batteries, precious metals and low value materials, identifying and exploring workable circular solutions is an urgent challenge for the electronics industry.
What if we were to move beyond the mere collection and recycling of unwanted goods and consumables – and manage the entire product life cycle instead?
What options are there for businesses that want to disrupt this dynamic? How can corporates change their business model? Or do regulators need to change the rules?
Our panel of experts has been engaged in the industry for decades and are in the ideal position to plot the path ahead. They’ll share a vision of what electronics could look like in Australia, along with suggestions for how we could get there.
This is the sixth of 13 short videos from the Powering the Change to a Circular Economy conference, brought to you by DIF 2017 collaborators Loop Circular Economy Platform.
All 13 videos are available in the playlist: Powering the Change to a Circular Economy: Video Series.
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Chief Executive Officer, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND RECYCLING PLATFORM (ANZRP)
ANZRP operates the industry funded TechCollect TV & computer recycling program. ANZRP focuses on responsible recycling to achieve sound environmental outcomes. Carmel is a regular presenter at conferences with a passion for excellence and 30 years’ experience in management as a practising manager, consultant and interim executive. She has successfully led and been engaged in innovation/best practice, strategy and execution, performance optimisation, procurement, project and change management in Australia, UK, Hong Kong and China. Previously, Carmel ran her own consulting practice, working with the Financial Planning Association of Australia, the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, the Australian Stock Exchange and the Marsh & McLennan Group of Companies among others. Before this, she was Director of Business Services for Mallesons, the pre-eminent Australian law firm.
Chief Executive Officer, MRI PSO PTY LTD
Rose is one of Australia's most recognised specialists on the policy and practice of product stewardship and has been at the helm of a some of Australia's highest profile recycling and product stewardship initiatives. While leading the 'MobileMuster' at the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, she achieved voluntary accreditation of the program under the Commonwealth Product Stewardship Act 2011. Prior to this, Rose was General Manager of Clean Up Australia, one of Australia's early not-for-profits that focussed on engaging the community to deal with waste. As inaugural chief executive officer of MRI PSO Pty Ltd, Rose leads an organisation that administers a coregulatory arrangement for the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Rose supports a strong collaborative approach to implementing product stewardship initiatives through multi-stakeholder participation and tested partnership models.
Director of Communications, EQUILIBRIUM
John is a sustainability and communications practitioner with over 20 years' experience as an industry adviser, consultant, advocate and research academic. John works on a range of issues covering product stewardship strategy, policy reform and regulatory analysis. Previously serving as Executive Director of Product Stewardship Australia, John represented global consumer electronics brands and original equipment manufacturers in the detailed development of the Product Stewardship Act 2011. In 1995, he wrote Australia's first report on e-waste recycling, 'Short Circuiting Waste from Electronic Products'. John was also the Associate Director of the European Union-funded ‘EcoSmart Design Program’ which focussed on supporting industry in both the North and border counties in the Republic of Ireland. John is an Honorary Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia.
Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
Monique has ten years’ experience in urban sustainability research. She is completing an interdisciplinary PhD at ANU on the prospects for emerging business models such as the sharing economy and collaborative consumption to contribute to sustainable consumption goals in Southeast Asia. At Powering the change, Monique will shared her research into increasing product longevity, with a focus on ‘slowing’ life cycles by repairing, sharing and reusing, as opposed to the current focus on recycling, or ‘closing’ material loops. While technical approaches to product longevity – such as designing for durability and modularity, and enabling repair, reuse and resale – are well established, there are systemic barriers to their implementation, which suggests there is an important role for public policy to drive change.
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