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COURSE 4 - REDUCING E-WASTE BY DESIGN, STANDARDS, BUSINESS & POLICY

Welcome to Reducing e-waste by design, standards, business and policy

International organizations, NGOs, local groups and businesses are already responding and making a real difference to one of the most important global challenges of our time: e-waste! But there is much more we can do.

This course looks at some innovative ways we can design products to prevent e-waste and the negative impacts it causes. You will also learn about the important role of international collaboration for the control and movement of hazardous waste and how policy, incentives and international standards can help make a real difference.

The aim of the Reducing e-waste by design, standards, business and policy course is to inform and inspire people to create and implement solutions that reduce e-waste: designing sustainable products, services and business models, putting international standards and policy instruments into action.

The Reducing e-waste by design, standards, business and policy course contains the following topics:

  • Preventing e-waste by design
  • E-waste across borders - International co-operation and control

  • Instruments, policies and incentives to ensure e-waste is moved and managed according to international agreements and best practice
  • International standards and guidelines (featuring insights into the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Standards, and guidelines from MPPI, PACE and SRI)

 

This course fits into the overall MOOC as follows:

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In order to help you achieve the learning outcomes, the Reducing e-waste by design, standards, business and policy includes rich e-learning content, videos and links to a range of publications and websites.

 

We know however that active learning leads to the best results, so we've included a variety of hands-on learning activities, that include research and applying the knowledge you gain, to help you to get the most out of it, including

  • Eco-design and the sustainability card game
  • Re-invent, re-think, re-design activity
  • Basel Convention in your country
  • Basel Convention quiz
  • EPR and the regulatory framework in my country
  • Business benefits of tackling the e-waste challenge
  • Applying the Connect – Extend – Challenge thinking routine for different e-waste guidelines and standards.

 

What else is on offer?

  • Interactive questions and quizzes in the learning nuggets 
  • Community group peer-to-peer discussions linked to the main learning material. 

 

This course is for anyone with an interest in the topic of e-waste but will be of special interest to policy makers, designers and businesses looking for inspiration on the potential of circular economy models.

Whether you’re a student, entrepreneur, innovator... or e-waste hoarder, the course will increase your knowledge and potentially germinate new thinking and ideas.

 

You do not need any prior knowledge of the topics to complete this course.

 

The Reducing e-waste by design, standards, business and policy was prepared as part of the E-waste Challenge MOOC by authors: UNEP administered Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (BRS/UNEP), EIT Climate-KIC and KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium).

Special thanks go to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for insights into ITU Standards relating to the e-waste challenge. Additional reviews and technical input on ITU Standards were provided by

  • Paolo Gemma, Chairman of Working Party 2 of ITU-T Study Group 5
  • Reyna Ubeda, Study Group 5 Adviser
  • Sahifa Imran , ITU Consultant
  • Cristina Bueti, ITU Focal Point on Environment and Smart Sustainable Cities.



The authors collaborated with other contributory organizations for valuable insights and materials to create the full E-waste Challenge MOOC: 

  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • EIT RawMaterials
  • World Resources Forum (WRF).

The course is hosted by EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative, on its learning platform.

 

 

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To complete the course, allow yourself approximately these timings:

Working through the e-learning screens: 3 hours
Learning activities and research: 5.5 hours

Total 8.5 hours

EIT Climate-KIC is a European knowledge and innovation community, working towards a prosperous, inclusive, climate-resilient society founded on a circular, zero-carbon economy. We are supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union.

"If we want to support mindset shifts and systems change, we think that it is essential to make knowledge broadly accessible, not only explaining the risks and challenges, but also sharing insights on already available solutions and on how every single individual contribution is crucial for keeping global warming well below 2°."

- Sira Saccani, Director of the Sustainable Production Systems Team at EIT Climate-KIC

Course benefits

Online, self-paced course.

Group discussions in the online community.

Free certificate of completion.

Insights from the ITU on its international standards relating to the e-waste challenge and circular economy.

For more information on this course, or to request a certificate for completing all five courses, please contact us by email at: onlineeducation@climate-kic.org

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, you'll be able to:
  • Identify ways that consumers, retailers, and producers can prevent or reduce the quantity of electrical and electronic equipment that becomes e-waste
  • Describe how eco-design of electrical and electronic products, and a sound approach to e-waste management supports the achievement of Sustainability Development Goals and enable a shift from a linear e-waste economy to a circular model with near zero carbon emissions
  • Explain how a series of international conventions seek to protect human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes, and bring the illegal trade and dumping of e-waste to an end
  • Identify which standards, guidelines and recommendations support the environmentally sound management of different types of e-waste, including mobile phones, telecommunications equipment, computer equipment and refrigerators.

To join this course, all you need to do is select the green Enrol button on this page. If you haven’t already registered on the site, you will be prompted to do this when you enrol.

At the present time, the course is only available in English.

Once you have completed this course you will receive a certificate of completion. You will be able to download the certificate directly from this course page.

If you complete all five courses in the E-Waste Challenge MOOC, you can request a certificate of completion for the full MOOC by contacting us by email at: onlineeducation@climate-kic.org

Content for the five E-Waste Challenge courses is provided by a core team and partners for specific courses:

  • The UNEP administered Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (UNEP/BRS)
  • EIT Climate-KIC
  • EIT RawMaterials and KU Leuven World Health Organization (WHO) - course 3
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU) - course 4
  • World Resources Forum (WRF) - course 5

Each of the courses has been designed and developed by EIT Climate-KIC’s Online Education Team in collaboration with the core team and partners specified above.    

Please refer to the About the Course screens for an overview and breakdown related to the reading, video and activities each course provides. The introduction screen of each individual lesson also gives a guideline time for completion.

We expect that a minimum 1mbps internet connection is needed to go through the course content. For external resources such as videos, a higher speed might be needed (2mbps and above). The course links to various external resources from different platforms like YouTube and Vimeo. EIT Climate-KIC bears no responsibility if there are country restrictions that block video or other content in your location.

All of EIT Climate-KIC’s courses are accessible on smartphone, tablet, and desktop. For some courses, you may also need access to a printer in order to print off work sheets and to complete offline activities. If you have any issues accessing our courses on these devices, please contact our technical support team

When you register on the EIT Climate-KIC portal you automatically become a part of our learning community. You can then use the Group set up for the course to seek help from other community members.

Start by introducing yourself in the Group that has been set up for your set up for your course. You can also add details to your profile and allowing others to get a clearer picture of who you are. You can then engage in open discussions, reply to questions or contribute to a task that has been set up. You can also initiate a new thread yourself. In the community, your active contribution is appreciated and encouraged!

Some universities are delivering our E-Waste Challenge as part of their ongoing curriculum. If you are a student with one of these universities, your tutor may ask for additional work to meet the university accreditation standards – or you may be asked to complete part of the course alongside your other studies. Either way, this is a great opportunity to join in conversations with people from all walks of life who are joining together in their concern over the future of our planet.

The open course is not moderated by a teacher or facilitator. You will find many of your peers are experts in their own fields so do use the E-Waste Challenge Group to ask questions. If you are enrolled into a group as part of a university programme you may have your own teacher.

Yes! You are welcome. We think the course has something for everyone. If you don’t want to follow the course but are interested in getting involved only in the discussions, your presence would be a great help to others who may have questions to ask.

You and your students can use any or all of the materials once enrolled in each course. If you would like your own group area just for you and your students, that can be arranged. Please contact us by email at: onlineeducation@climate-kic.org

No - unless you want to. Many of the activities allow you to read as much or as little as you want. It’s your choice. But it is always good to be able to read quickly to get the key information we need, or just an overall idea of what something is about. The techniques we use to do this are called skimming and scanning, and they are useful in any language. There are many resources online about this; here are two: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/s3/?id=81 http://esl.about.com/od/englishreadingskills/a/readingskills.htm

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, you'll be able to:
  • Identify ways that consumers, retailers, and producers can prevent or reduce the quantity of electrical and electronic equipment that becomes e-waste
  • Describe how eco-design of electrical and electronic products, and a sound approach to e-waste management supports the achievement of Sustainability Development Goals and enable a shift from a linear e-waste economy to a circular model with near zero carbon emissions
  • Explain how a series of international conventions seek to protect human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes, and bring the illegal trade and dumping of e-waste to an end
  • Identify which standards, guidelines and recommendations support the environmentally sound management of different types of e-waste, including mobile phones, telecommunications equipment, computer equipment and refrigerators.
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Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, you'll be able to:
  • Identify ways that consumers, retailers, and producers can prevent or reduce the quantity of electrical and electronic equipment that becomes e-waste
  • Describe how eco-design of electrical and electronic products, and a sound approach to e-waste management supports the achievement of Sustainability Development Goals and enable a shift from a linear e-waste economy to a circular model with near zero carbon emissions
  • Explain how a series of international conventions seek to protect human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes, and bring the illegal trade and dumping of e-waste to an end
  • Identify which standards, guidelines and recommendations support the environmentally sound management of different types of e-waste, including mobile phones, telecommunications equipment, computer equipment and refrigerators.