Training the trainers on ISO IWA 19 for Latin American practitioners (1-6 Nov, Honduras)
In cooperation with The National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB), WRFA is organizing the first train-the-trainers activities on the Guidance Principles for the Sustainable Management of Secondary Metals (ISO IWA 19) between 1 and 6 November 2018 in San Pedro de Sula (Honduras). The training aims to build capacities in Latin America on auditing, implementation and training on the ISO IWA 19 to promote the sustainable and inclusive management of e-waste value chains. Practitioners from standardization, normalization and metrology organizations, as well as from recycling companies will be attending the train the trainers event which is by invitation only.
SRI partnering with GIZ
In synergy with SRI, WRFA is currently part of two international consortia partnering with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
SRI is involved in one project in Ghana, working on recycling chains, business models and capacity development and a second project in East Africa. The goal of the activities in East Africa is to support the East African Communication and Organization of the e-waste activities with a focus on review, analysis and development of policy, standards and guidelines for e-waste management on national and regional level.
Publication: From Worst to Good Practices in Secondary Metals Recovery
The Fact Sheets “From Worst to Good Practices in Secondary Metals Recovery” are now available online.
These Fact Sheets were developed as a response to growing concerns of local and international communities on the severity of impacts to the environment and workers’ health due to the use of Worst Practices in e-waste recycling in developing countries. They aim at raising awareness of key stakeholders and economic operators on the dangers of these practices and introduce alternatives in the form of good practices.
Publication: Life Cycle Assessments of Selected Worst Practices in Secondary Metals Recovery - Recommendations to Move Towards Good Practices
The publication on ‘Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) of Selected Worst Practices in Secondary Metals Recovery’ presents a unique work developed by Ecoinvent and the World Resources Forum (WRF) under the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) Programme. The report sheds lights on the severe environmental impacts of selected worst practices and identifies, quantifies and presents their environmental impacts based on Life Cycle Assessments.
Preventing child labour in the informal recovery of secondary metals in developing countries - our contribution to SDG 8
Child labour identified in value chains of recovered secondary metals in developing countries is a critical socio-economic issue that needs to be prevented. This is in line with Sustainable Development Goal 8 which calls for taking immediate and effective measures to secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.
In synergy with the SRI African activities, WRFA has kicked-off an investigation in this area in cooperation with industrial associations and started with the identification of root causes and mitigation options.
Ghana sets milestone
With support of the SRI programme, Ghana made a big step towards a more environmentally sound management of e-waste. Ghana, known for being one of Africa’s major e-waste hot spots, is the first country in Africa to officially launch guidelines for more sustainable management and recycling of electronic waste. More information are available here.
Practical Guidelines for WEEE management in developing countries
SRI has launched the new WEEE Policy design guidebook at the World Resources Forum 2017 in Geneva.
With the guidelines, governments now have a tool at hand to lead the design of national WEEE policies, engage all relevant actors and increase their empowerment and responsibilities for sustainable solutions. Applying the methods of the guidebook leads to tangible (quantitative) products—such as the policy itself, reports, or records of meetings and agreements, as well as and intangible products, such as the actors’ learning processes or enhanced knowledge of the system. The practical guidelines can be downloaded in Englishand Spanish.