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E-waste

ICTs offer great opportunities for sustainable development. At the same time, the ICT sector has an environmental impact, including through the generation of e-waste. E-waste, which refers to used, broken, or obsolete electrical and electronic equipment, such as phones, laptops, sensors, and TVs, can contain hazardous substances that may pose considerable environmental and health risks, especially if treated inadequately. As technologies change at great speed, and as access to and use of electrical and electronic equipment increases, product lifecycles become shorter and many designs do not support repair or reuse. As a result, the amount of e-waste is growing rapidly throughout the world. 

ITU's Development Bureau (ITU-D) has been given a mandate to "assist developing countries in undertaking proper assessment of the size of e-waste and in initiating pilot projects to achieve environmentally sound management of e-waste through e-waste collection, dismantling, refurbishing and recycling." (WTDC Resolution 66). To this end ITU-D is developing e-waste guidelines to help countries identify best policies. It is also carrying out an electronic waste management project, and recently launched a new partnership to help improve global e-waste statistics.

Global E-waste Statistics Partnership

Ewaste statistics_main.jpgAs a first step to address the global e-waste challenge and to improve the availability and quality of e-waste data, ITU, together with UNU and ISWA, has founded the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership.  More >

Policies and regulatory frameworks

ITU develops studies, guidelines and specific recommendations to help governments establish effective environmental frameworks in the areas of telecommunications/ICT generated e-waste.  More >

ITU-D Study Group 2: Question 8/2

ITU-D Study Group 2: Question 8/2 focuses on strategies and policies for the proper disposal or reuse of telecommunications/ICT waste material. It undertakes studies regarding international initiatives, standards and best practices to assist in the development of national legal frameworks for the environmentally sound management of electronic waste. More >

ITU Activities on e-waste

ITU is committed to tackling the growing problems associated with e-waste and implements different projects and activities, and develops reports, toolkits and educational material, accessible from this website. More >