Implications of the Circular Economy for Electronic Products

  • Christian ClemmEmail author
  • Nils F. Nissen
  • Karsten Schischke
  • Gergana Dimitrova
  • Max Marwede
  • Klaus-Dieter Lang


The circular economy concept of the European Union aims to save energy and material resources while minimizing resource risks and giving the EU a competitive advantage in economic terms. This paper explores the implications of the circular economy for electronic products by analyzing design aspects such as durability, reparability, reusability, remanufacturing, as well as plastic recycling and the application of recycled plastics in new products. This involves both reviewing how those aspects are finding their way into new requirements under the EU Ecodesign Directive and highlighting select activities in the research landscape and on company level.


Circular economy Ecodesign Directive Electronic products 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Clemm
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Nils F. Nissen
    • 1
  • Karsten Schischke
    • 1
  • Gergana Dimitrova
    • 1
  • Max Marwede
    • 1
    • 2
  • Klaus-Dieter Lang
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department Environmental and Reliability EngineeringFraunhofer-Institut für Zuverlässigkeit und Mikrointegration IZMBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Technische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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