Closing the Loop enters into partnership with the electronics industry

22 March 2021

On March 18, 2021 the Circular Electronics Partnership (CEP) was launched. This partnership underlines the need and potential of a circular economy in the electronics industry. Closing the Loop has been active in shaping this partnership since its inception, early 2020. The aim of this partnership is to commit to a vision and roadmap to transform the electronics industry into a circular industry.  

During the launch event, multiple stakeholders were introduced and in different break-out sessions, the pathways were presented. Our founder, Joost de Kluijver, presented during one of the breakout sessions. One of the questions that was asked during the session was ‘How can we ensure the emerging world also benefits from solutions on increasing take-back?’. Our service shows how the emerging world can benefit from the increase on take-back, and how it can also improve the lives of those living in emerging economies. 

The need for an industry wide approach

The electronics industry has a high potential to be circular and sustainable. The Circular Electronics Partnership (CEP) is an industry platform for the electronics industry that aims to drive a coordinated transition towards becoming sustainable and economically viable. In six different pathways, standardized industry-wide action points have been defined. This multi-stakeholder partnership assesses the industry’s move towards a circular economy. 

The launch of an action roadmap focuses on different stages of the value chain to help the industry to see that circularity can be beneficial and economically viable. 

The role of Closing the Loop

Closing the Loop (CTL) was involved in the CEP since the first brainstorm. The knowledge and experience gained during the years that CTL has been active in the sector proved to be crucial in creating the action roadmap. These insights have been shared during different stages and pathways of the process. In many CEP discussions, the focus was on long term goals & ambitions. CTL was able to explain how those perspectives can be - and are being - turned into appealing, pragmatic results. Closing the Loop’s founder, Joost de Kluijver, on the partnership: Circularity is all about innovation and it’s all about creating new collaborations. We’re thrilled to connect to some of the leaders in the industry to share our years of experience working on pragmatic, value-adding circularity for tech.

About the Circular Electronics Partnership

The CEP was set up by 7 founding partners; the World Economic Forum (WEF), Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), International telecommunication Union (ITU), Accenture Strategy, the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) and the Global Electronics Council (GEC). Together with 20 diverse industry partners, such as Philips, Dell Technologies, Nokia, Sims Recycling Solutions and Xerox, Closing the Loop has contributed to the roadmap and vision document that will shape the electronics industry in the future. 

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