Assessing the e-waste situation in Africa
|Title||Assessing the e-waste situation in Africa |
|Publication Type||Conference Paper |
|Year of Publication||2008 |
|Authors||Schluep M, Rochat D, Munyua AW, Laissaoui SE, Wone S, Kane C, Hieronymi K |
|Conference Name||Electronics Goes Green 2008+ |
|Conference Start Date||8-10 September |
|Abstract||Based on experiences gained in the "Global Swiss e-Waste Programme", a generic e-waste assessment methodol-ogy was developed. The methodology is currently applied within the project "e-Waste Management in Africa", which was launched in 2007 by Hewlett Packard, the Global Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF) and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (Empa). e-Waste assessment studies were started in Morocco, Kenya and Senegal and South Africa. Based on the standard methodology, the studies map the relevant stake-holders, estimate e-waste stocks and flows through a massflow assessment, analyze the policy landscape, as well as the social, economic and environmental impacts of e-waste in the countries. Besides a coherent discussion of the methodology this paper presents some preliminary results from various African countries.