After the very successful Going Green – CARE Innovation 2010 conferencein Vienna and the Green Electronics 2011 Workshop in Bucharest, we would like to announce our Green Electronics 2013 Workshop “Resource Efficiency in the Electric and Electronics Industry” that will take place on November 4 – 6, 2013 in Budapest, Hungary.
Still hardly one day passes where we cannot read about that future shortages of several resources (e.g. export bans of rare earth materials, prices for several metals being very volatile, …). In 2010 the European Commission has identified a list of 14 economically important raw materials which are subject to a higher risk of supply interruption. The European Commission and several member states have monitored the issue of critical raw materials and set different priority actions. But how did industry leaders respond to this threat?
What are major sectors and players in the electric and electronic industry already doing to substitute and/or recover those critical materials? What are the trends in research and innovation? How can we collect more End-of-Life products?
Are these raw materials still critical? Or has there been a fundamental change that led to declining prices recently? Has the pressure on industry gone already? Will it come back? What will the future bring in this area?
These are some of the questions that will be discussed during the workshop!