Electronics & The EU’s Circular Economy

26 May

Last year the European Commission issued its Circular Economy Action Plan, which prioritizes electronics and “ICT”, or information and communications technology. Later this year the Commission will publish a “Circular Electronics Initiative” (CEI); in the meantime some in the industry have responded with the Circular Electronics Partnership. 


The Commission has, of course, not been waiting to implement circularity-driven obligations on the electronics industry either. If you’re not already dizzy from all this circularity, the webinar will look at some history and some drivers and studies that may inform the CEI, and what manufacturers can do to prepare for the circularization of their products.

Presenter: Mike Kirschner, Founder and President, Design Chain Associates

Mike Kirschner, founder and president of DCA, is a product sustainability, engineering, circular economy, health/environmental compliance and performance expert providing advice and expertise to manufacturers in a variety of industries. Mike is process-focused, yet brings a great depth of technical understanding of how technology, product development, manufacturing and the supply chain work and interact that informs his insights, giving his clients the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed.

Mike was a member of the California EPA Department of Toxic Substance Control’s original Green Ribbon Science Panel, which advised on development of the Safer Consumer Products Regulations. He is currently serving on the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute® Advisory Board and is co-moderator of the ANSI Chemicals Network. Since 2016, Mike has also been a member of the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for IEC Technical Committee TC 111. TC111 focuses on environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems. Mike has participated in development and maintenance of EPEAT standards IEEE-1680.1, IEEE-1680.2, and IEEE-1680.3 (as well as the NSF-426 server standard activity to a very limited extent).

Mike authored one chapter and co-authored another in Wiley’s “Governance, Risk, and Compliance Handbook” and was featured in Mark Schapiro’s 2007 book “Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power“.

Prior to founding DCA in 2001, Mike spent 20 years in engineering and engineering management roles in the semiconductor, aerospace and electronics industry at manufacturers including Hamilton Standard (now Hamilton Sunstrand, part of United Technologies Corp.), Intel, Intergraph and Compaq.


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