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  • In 2018 we produced 50m tonnes of electronic waste globally, a figure that’s set to soar..

  • There are around 25-50 billion internet-connected devices on the planet today amounting to several

  • devices per personThe amount of raw materials needed to create

  • enough devices to fulfil demand is set to double over the next four decades.

  • Extracting these materials through mining has social and environmental risks, and at

  • the other end, waste from electrical and electronic equipment can contain heavy metals like mercury

  • and lead, or flame retardants that are bad for human health and the environment.

  • Here in Belgium, a company called Umicore are trying to make a change.

  • In the 90's, we decided to make a huge transformation from a mining base metal company to what it is

  • today, which is a company that is innovative, that is looking at new technology, that is

  • trying to bring solutions to issues that the planet is having.

  • The challenge of recycling small electronic equipment is a very interesting challengeThere

  • are two billion small electronic equipment that are sold on the planetThe vast majority

  • of them are lost somehow. They're lost in your drawersJust imagine today that you

  • would be able to recover those two billion. You would recover about 50 tons of gold, 500

  • tons of silver, 20,000 tons of copper and cobalt.

  • So, there is a real, real, real business case in order to recover this material and to put

  • it back into service. So we're closing the loop here.

  • The total value of materials contained in e-waste is estimated at $62.5 billion.

  • And Umicore aren’t the only ones who are trying to find ways to recycle and reuseVolkswagen

  • is building a battery recycling plant to recycle EV batteriesWhilst Apple has set the ambitious

  • goal to make all its products from 100% recycled materials.

  • For a business that wants to continue into the future we have no choice but to invest

  • into the kind of process and the kind of product and services we have offeredBut

  • everybody has to be into thisIt is not us and others. It's the connectivity and it's

  • very important that everybody realises that it is good, it is good for everybody.

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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