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Circular Economy and Material Efficiency - Principles, terminology and their influence on IEC standards
The circular economy is one that takes a holistic approach to protecting the planet upon which we live, and consequently reducing the environmental impact upon it caused by mankind. To achieve a circular economy requires many different elements to work together, both technical and financial. A key technical provision is material efficiency, which has at its core the intention of reducing the impact on the environment coming from the use of (natural) resources to make products. Achieving material efficiency requires a combination of actions: reducing the quantity of materials used (e.g. using less materials and increasing use of recycled content); extending the use stage of products (via improved durability, repair, refurbishing and remanufacturing); reducing the energy required to provide the desired functionality and minimizing waste at the end of life of products (e.g. by capturing components capable of being reused, and increasing the recycling of materials and thereby reducing the quantity of materials sent to landfill). To achieve this, IEC standards also need to consider the environmental impacts resulting from their requirements for the products they cover. Depending on the standard, this may require consideration of both complete products as well as their constituent parts. Hence, future products are likely to contain significant amounts of recycled materials and reused parts. In addition, this webinar will explain why the Circular Economy and Material Efficiency are important for the technical work of IEC. It will conclude with a Q&A session.

Feb 14, 2020 09:00 AM in Paris

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