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Worldwide there are major global problems such as climate change, scarcity of raw materials, emission of harmful substances and excessive use of fossil resources. We currently use more resources than the earth is able to provide. Therefore the United Nations has set goals for 2030 like active management to combat climate change, more sustainable business innovation and sustainable use of our ecosystems.

These goals require a transition to a circular economy. A circular economy is an economic system with the highest possible reuse of products and raw materials, and little waste of resources as possible. Hereby it is essential to close material cycles and to ensure less environmental impact. A regional approach is key to close material cycles and to create green business propositions.

In this project we are focusing on electronic waste (E-Waste). E-Waste describes discarded electrical or electronic devices, like laptops, smartphones and flat screens. To deal sustainably with our raw materials and the environment, (regional) cycles must be closed instead of creating waste. If possible the reuse of electronic devices takes place in the same region. This is quite a challenge! Normally many products and raw materials are transported over large distances and leave behind a massive ecological footprint.

During the project you investigate the ins and outs of E-waste. Guiding questions are: What is the product quality of a collected electronic device? Which parts do the electronic devices consist of and which parts can be reused? What are cultural barriers within the producing companies inhibiting the production of sustainable electronic devices? What are the attitudes, motives and buying behaviors of consumers towards refurbished and reused products?   How should the circular economy of E-waste be organized in so called closed loop supply chains? Hereby you map essential E-waste cycles and investigate to what extent these cycles can be made regionally.

On a strategic level you explore how the region should guide the transition to a circular economy. You map out what favorable conditions are to reduce waste and to increase the reuse of electronic devices.

Required study programs:

Chemistry: Electronic devices contain many parts. This requires chemical and technical knowledge to investigate to what extent reuse is possible.

Industrial Design Engineering: The design of many electronic devices is such that repair or reuse is difficult. This requires product designs that make reuse and repair possible, so that product life cycles become longer. Status definition/ evaluation of current workflow in the recycling and of reuse of electronic equipment and proposal of guidelines for society/ governemental organisations and designers to improve future workflow.

Mechanical Engineering: Electronic devices contain many parts. This requires material and technical knowledge to investigate to what extent reuse is possible.

Entrepreneurship & Retail Management: Market analysis, spotting trends and the development of sustainable business models are key in this project.

Location: Apeldoorn approximately 1 day / week.

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