Sustainable Electronics and Electrical Equipment for China and the World: A commodity chain sustainability analysis of key Chinese EEE product chains
Based on our analysis of the social and environmental impacts of e-products, both within China and abroad, basic areas for improvement can be identified that provide a baseline set of objectives for any policy action aimed at attaining improved sustainability across the sector. These include improved management and handling during e-product manufacture, e-waste collection, dismantling and disposal and improved design for the reduction of energy and resource use (both during production and use phases) and the maximization of recyclability (eco-design).
The main challenge facing Chinese (and international) policy-makers in this context is the identification of effective mechanisms for stimulating the efficient adoption of such improvements without jeopardizing the economic growth needed to maintain economic development. Building on the existing policy framework and related private initiatives both nationally and internationally, this report proposes policy action along two complementary trajectories: the reinforcement of regulatory measures and the expansion of market-based measures.