Project launched to optimise WEEE raw material reuse and recovery


A consortium representing the entire value chain of electronic products, as well as IT experts and research institutions focusing on raw materials, have launched a four-year project to create a data platform that will share detailed information on electronic products.

The Circular Economy Resource Information System (CE-RISE) project says it will develop the platform to provide stakeholders, including consumers, with a better understanding of the green credentials of electronic products and how to preserve important raw materials through reuse, repair and recycling.

Project coordinator and senior scientist Golnoush Abbasi at NILU, commented: “CE-RISE aims to increase the lifetime of raw materials by creating an information system that will enable sharing of necessary information among actors in the value chains about the content and composition of products.

“This will optimise their repair, reuse and recycling and the recovery of the resources they contain. By doing so, it will facilitate an increased autonomy in Europe for key value chains, such as that for critical raw materials.”

Launched in January 2023, the CE-RISE project, led by NILU, involves 28 partners from 11 countries. It is funded in the framework of Horizon Europe and will conclude in December 2026.

CE-RISE aims to increase the lifetime of raw materials by creating an information system that will enable sharing of necessary information.

The project has announced it will first define a set of “RE criteria” to evaluate the extent to which products and embedded components can be reused, repaired, refurbished and/or recycled.

From there, it will incorporate information on RE criteria and the material composition of products into a Digital Product Passport (DPP) to enable the traceability of materials in the supply chain.

Next, it will integrate the DPP with information on the product’s environmental footprint (PEF), and socio-economic and environmental (SEE) impacts of RE processes.

CE-RISE Project
CE-RISE Project Conceptual Figure.

Then the project says it will enable confidential and anonymised information sharing among actors throughout value chains.

Finally, the project says it will provide open-access software applications to disseminate information on the assessment of RE criteria, PEF and SEE impacts of products to all stakeholders including consumers and policymakers.

The project says the functionality of the CE-RISE information system and products will be evaluated by five case studies in which a Digital Product Passport will be developed for ICT products, printers, solar panels, batteries and heating systems.

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