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Trend report unveils the future of circular electronics


Stakeholders across the electronics industry value chain, unsure about adopting a more customer-centric and proactive approach to sustainability now have a call to action in the form of a groundbreaking new report from the Circular Electronics Initiative (CEI).

The Landscape of Circular Electronics Towards 2035 report, produced in collaboration with Kairos Future, offers an in-depth analysis of the evolving dynamics within the electronics industry, identifying eight pivotal trends set to reshape the approach towards circular electronics by 2035.

Today, sustainability is more than a buzzword, it’s a business incentive, and the electronics sector stands at a crucial juncture, with growing calls for sustainable practices. This report serves as a call to action for stakeholders across the value chain to adopt a more customer-centric and proactive approach to creating sustainable solutions and protecting the planet. The report underscores that the future of circular electronics depends on a comprehensive re-think of design, usage, and recycling practices, transcending traditional e-waste management strategies.

“The report introduces eight trends that we believe are crucial to be aware of and work with when looking at the future of circular electronics. These are broad trends that come from different parts of society, like tech, regulation and consumer habits” says Olivier Rostang, Futures Strategist at Kairos Future , who produced the report.

The report offers a comprehensive overview of various developments poised to influence the realm of circular electronics by 2035. It identifies the following eight key trends to look out for:

1. Sustainability Merges with Geopolitics

2. The EU as a Regulator is Growing More Important

3. Tracking, Tracing and Transparency on the rise

4. Despite Setbacks, the Circular Economy is Advancing

5. Everything is Becoming Electronics

6. Ownership is Getting Serious Competition

7. AI will Help Speed Up the Transition

8. Consumers Demand Sustainable Comfort and Comfortable Sustainability

“With this report, we aim to spotlight the key trends that will shape the future of circular electronics. Our goal is to push the conversation forward and stimulate collective action towards a more sustainable future in electronics,” says Andreas Nobell, Development Manager at TCO Development, one of the founding members of Circular Electronics Initiative.

The Circular Electronics Initiative is an international network of 31 member organisations, united in their mission to inspire a more sustainable usage of electronics. The implications of these macro trends underscore the critical mission of the Circular Electronics Initiative and its commitment to promoting a more sustainable electronics ecosystem.

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