SusTech Talks #6 – Sustainable Electronics – From Dumped e-Waste to a Circular Economy: What is Needed?


SusTech 2021 is hosting monthly talks on Sustainability topics in 2021. This talk is originated by the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section Sustainability Chapter.

RESCHEDULED: New Meeting Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021

“Sustainable Electronics – From Dumped e-Waste to a Circular Economy: What is Needed?”

with Prof. Mervi Paulasto-Kröckel, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering (Finland), EPS DL

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 Thursday, September 16, 2021
Time: Check-in via WebEx at 11:50 AM; Presentation at 12:00 noon (PDT)


For full details, see


This talk aims to give an overview of the current state and the challenges for e electronics sustainability. The lecture reviews the legislation and revised legislative proposals on waste and their impact on electronics design and the resulting lifecycles, including the EU’s long-term targets on a circular economy. Currently applied reuse and recycling steps and methods for WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) components and materials will be presented. The talk introduces the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology and presents two case studies for electronic devices. Environmental impacts of semiconductors and packaging are discussed and the needs for applying Ecodesign principals and recycling improvements to approach carbon neutrality will be highlighted.