Find out why Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, thinks e-waste is the challenge of our century - and how, if we work together, we can turn this challenge into an opportunity to help mitigate climate change, create green jobs, and help countries kick-start a circular economy.
Signing up to the MOOC can be your first step!
What happens to your mobile phone, your refrigerator, your computer, or your old batteries once you’ve finished with them?
Every year we are throwing
away more and more. At current rates, an estimated 50 million metric tonnes (mt) of e-waste will be generated worldwide in 2018.
Action we take today will have lasting impact for generations to come!
E-waste can be a threat to our planet:
Illegal and poorly managed e-waste is polluting our environment, harming human health, and contributing to human-made climate change. The worst impacts are often in the countries that are least equipped to manage it.
Or it can be a valuable resource:
By recycling materials contained in e-waste we can save on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from primary mining, we can create green jobs, and we can create economic opportunities. The intrinsic material value of global e-waste was estimated to be 48 billion euro in 2014. Let’s see it used again, not sent to landfills or dumped illegally.
We all have a part to play in the story of e-waste.
We need YOUR help to take action and meet this challenge.
Yes, everyone is welcome! The MOOC is a free course that is open to all; it is designed for anyone with an interest in taking action on managing our e-waste. You may be a recycler, a policy maker, a government official, a student, a teacher, a researcher, or an entrepreneur. Or just someone who cares about our planet!
There’s flexibility in how long you can spend on the MOOC . Simply choose one of the pathways described below in the course details (Duration). For example: as a policy maker or as a recycler, you may not want to complete the full MOOC and only focus on particular parts; whereas students or people new to the subject may be ready to complete the full course.
The course materials have been developed in partnership between Climate-KIC and the following:
Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public-private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero-carbon economy. We run programmes for students, start-ups, and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities, convening a community of the best people and organizations. Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. www.climate-kic.org.
The joint Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, (UNEP part) and Stockholm Conventions is administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and is located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention is jointly served by UNEP and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The FAO part of the Rotterdam Secretariat is based in Rome, Italy. http://www.brsmeas.org
KU Leuven is a university located in Belgium. It is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied research. It is strongly inter- and multidisciplinary in focus and strives for international excellence. To this end, KU Leuven works together actively with its research partners at home and abroad. www.kuleuven.be.
World Resource Forum is an independent non-profit international organization that serves as a platform connecting and fostering knowledge exchange on resources management amongst business leaders, policy makers, NGOs, scientists, and the public. Our flagship international conference, the World Resources Forum, takes place once a year and attracts 500-1,000 business leaders, policy makers, NGOs, researchers, and the broader public. www.wrforum.org.
EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the European Commission, is the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is to make the European Union raw materials independent. It unites more than 100 partners, collaborating on finding new, innovative solutions to improve the raw materials sector all along its value chain. EIT RawMaterials combines more than 700,000 employees and revenue in excess of EUR 200 billion. www.eitrawmaterials.eu.
To start on the E-waste Challenge all you need is to register with the site and to join the E-waste Challenge Group. This means you will be able to work through the MOOC at the same time as others in the E-waste Challenge learning community.
You are free to work through at your own pace at times that suit you. The course materials will remain open to you once you have registered.
Some participants may come to the course through their university. In this case, when you register, you will find you are enrolled into your university group.
You can join the course at any time.
The E-waste Challenge MOOC will start in April 2016. We suggest you allow about eight weeks to work through the whole course but the timing is up to you, and the course will remain open to you once you are registered. There will be a second delivery of the MOOC later in the year. The next start date will be shown on the E-waste Challenge Information page when available.
If you don’t have time to complete the full course, you can choose a shorter pathway. We recommend you complete Modules 1 and 2, then choose the parts you wish to study from Modules 3, 4 and 5. There’s more information in the course details.
The open course is not moderated by a teacher or facilitator. However, you will find that many of your peers are experts in their own fields, so do use the community to ask questions.
If you are enrolled into a group as part of a university programme, you may have your own teacher.
What’s a MOOC?
A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. The aim? Bring together thousands of people and give them free access to quality online learning materials. The result? A great learning experience that puts you in the perfect place to take ACTION! Oh, did we mention it also works great on tablets and smartphones?
What’s in the MOOC?
Online learning materials featuring audio, video, and links to a fantastic range of online resources for you to explore in any way you choose. Add to this a great range of activities (including our overall REI Challenges) and the ability to get into lively discussions with other learners. Sounds good, doesn’t it? You can be confident of the quality too - all of our materials have been endorsed by a range of specialists and experts from our alumni.
What’s different about this MOOC?
MOOCs are the current ‘big thing’. What’s different about ours? We are all about creating a learning community focused on ACTION! At the heart of our MOOC are our REI Challenges - real-world challenges facing renewables that need YOUR ideas, imagination and energy to solve. Let our learning resources give you what you need to join in and make a real change in the world.
What level is the learning aimed at?
No prior knowledge is assumed and we’ve tried to keep everything as clear and straightforward as possible - you can do as much or as little as you need to complete our challenges. If you are over the age of 16 you should have no problem.
What’s in it for me?
We hope this MOOC will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to take action. Maybe you’ll have a BIG IDEA and start a new business, or help to create tools and solutions for others. We hope you’ll become an active part of our learning community and make your contribution felt. Whatever your goal, the MOOC has something for you.
Who are EIT and Climate KIC?
The EIT is an EU funded body aimed at supporting innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe to take on the world’s biggest challenges. One of the ways they do this is through Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). You can find out more further down this page.