Without changing our processes, we will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming by 2030. At this temperature, heat waves will occur more often. Sea levels will rise to overwhelm major cities. Millions across the global south will be displaced. The ecosystems which naturally process our waste will collapse.
What does the circular economy mean to you? A sustainable supply chain? Perhaps your organization has set net zero commitments, but believes upstream and downstream emissions are outside of scope. A prerequiste for a working partnership with MobiCycle involves accepting the idea of collective responsibility.
UPSTREAM BENEFITS FROM CHANGE
a.) replace critical materials with synthetics
b.) prioritize and reduce your purchases
DOWNSTEAM BENEFITS FROM CHANGE
c.) increase your tendency to repair rather than replace equipment, and
d.) ensure your eWaste is reused or recycled.
Tech alone will not save us. Commit today to mapping your value chain's business processes - from mining, to manufacturing, purchases (sales) and disposals.
The below information is for example purposes only and does not reflect actual events.
Purchases of electronics via indirect procurement create eWaste at the end of the electronic's life.
The disposals process
a.) retire an asset on your books
b.) handover to maintenance, who complete the paperwork
c.) a waste management company collects the items
d.) the items are either landfilled or recycled
WHAT eWASTE CATEGORIES DO MY ACTIVITIES REPRESENT?
Categories of electronic and electrical equipment you are more likely to purchase
- New policies are almost certain. Are you prepared? The link between super greenhouse gases and eWaste is rarely addressed at present, but the situation may change in the near future as the public become more aware of climate impacts. Potent greenhouse gases are responsible for the Artic sea ice reaching a tipping point, the West Antartic sea ice to tip in the next 10 years, the Amazon in 15 years and Greenland in 25 years.
- Growing public awareness of biodiversity loss. At the moment, the media focuses their attention on renewables and carbon emissions. Biodiversity loss is as important as GHGs (if not more so). People will eventually make the connection between the damage to ecosystems and our mishandled eWaste. When that happens, enforcement and fines will increase.
- Your investments to curb eWaste within your Scope 3 emissions may not receive the recognition it deserves. eWaste is underreported, despite the fact electronic waste is the world's fastest growing stream.
- Buy from suppliers who segregate, reprocess, or repurpose viable materials.
- Recognize that some inputs such as gallium and indium can not be recycled.
- Ask your supplier how they dispose of leftover waste sustainably.
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