The wheels of a Circular Economy go round and round – N°4 The Electronics and ICT sector: designing a new matrix

January 10, 2022

Since the 1980’s, the electronics industry has grown dramatically and has benefited substantially from the linear economy by regularly offering new and better products, pushing consumers to renew their computer equipment (computers, smartphones, tablets, etc.) at an ever-increasing frequency. The extraction of materials, especially rare earths, the programmed obsolescence and the low recycling rate have become the industry norm.

How can the sector integrate the Circular Economy concept into its business model?

The European Union and France have decided to legislate on the Circular Economy in order to force the sector to review its practices, in particular by integrating “a right to reparability”. Companies still need to translate these obligations into their strategy and have, in our opinion, two tools at their disposal: eco-design and product as a service.

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