Do not miss the opportunity to present your progress on circular economy, the development of resource-efficient electr(on)ic products and services as well as innovative projects and initiatives, organise a workshop or similar event.


Going Green – CARE INNOVATION 2023 will be organised in a hybrid mode. Therefore we accept abstracts for on-site or online presentations (15-20 minutes). Please find potential discussion topics below.

Please submit your abstract in time using the Abstract Registration form or send it as PDF (indicating if you want to present on-site or online) per email to bernd.kopacek@care-electronics.net.

Important dates


February 28, 2023            Deadline for submission of full paper

February 20, 2023            Preliminary Program on the web

March 5, 2023                   Deadline for Pre-Registration discounts

May 9, 2023                      Official opening

Potential Discussion Topics

Market-driven developments: Economic forces driving industry towards sustainability!

  • Circular economy (metrics, case studies, business models)
  • Sustainable consumption
  • Consumer needs in sustainability, how to engage consumers?
  • Green ICT
  • Use of technology to dematerialize and decarbonize the ICT supply chain
  • How are sustainability indexes and large funds influencing the corporate attitude towards sustainability?
  • What is the role of the individual ‘green’ customers, consumer organizations and retail?
  • The role and value of Internet of Things for environmental communication
  •  Impact of ecological procurement strategies by governments, retailers and business partners
  • Role and expectations of eco-taxes, eco-legislation and voluntary, ecological programs influencing our industry
  • Market demand for product miniaturization versus life time extension through reparability and refurbishment
  • Eco-labels and eco-standards for product declaration
  • Global Eco-label standard
  • Eco-lifestyle & eco-marketing & greenwashing
  • Ecodesign as a business element for ensuring future competitiveness and changing business models
  • Influencing individual behaviours, attitudes and habits to promote sustainability
  • Product Service Systems and alternative ownership models (leasing, pay-per-use, sharing)
  • Dematerialisation (purchasing the service, not the product)
  • Critical materials – will there be more or less critical materials in the future?
  • Acceptance of closing the loop technologies, products and services
  • Supplying future needs: mobility, health and global communication
  • Education as a key enabler of circular economy
  • Energy-saving products, fuel cells, solar cells, human powered systems
  • Products/concepts with reduced energy consumption in use phase 
  • Energy-efficient products 
  • Energy-efficiency and savings 
  • Services for energy end-use efficiency
  • Energy-efficient procurement and purchasing 
  • Balancing supply (wind, solar, bio) and demand – the role of smart products
  • Resource efficiency, material footprint, material circulation indicators 

Technology-driven developments: New high-tech products need to be ecologically conscious!

  • Design for sustainability 
  • Eco-design, eco-innovation, integrated product policy
  • Eco-efficient life cycles of products (durability), product value extension, long life product
  • Resource efficient, commercially viable and sustainable production processes
  • Production 4.0 and its effects on the environment
  • Eco-conscious developments in sub-assembly/parts manufacturing influencing the environmental footprint of final products
  • Greenhouse gas emissions: Reduction in production vs. avoidance through more climate-friendly products
  • Energy harvesting and storage systems
  • Modular configuration and customized products
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Interdependencies between software and hardware development
  • Increasing the sustainability of raw materials used in electronics
  • Limitation and global distribution of nano- and micro-metals – an underestimated problem
  • Green nanotechnology
  • Decreasing material intensity, toxicity and criticality 
  • Rare earth and critical materials - how can they be substituted or at least its use reduced?
  • How can all the banned RoHS materials (lead, cadmium, chrome VI, mercury, brominated flame retardants) be substituted?
  • Microplastic: current trends, environmental impact, potential solutions in different areas
  • Smart materials
  • Biomaterials and bioinspired materials
  • HFR/ BFR/CFR/PVC-free materials and technologies
  • Digitalization & dematerialization – technologies that substitute/eliminate the need for an eco-intensive product
  • Data collection & communication – technologies improving data collection, analysis, interpretation and communication
  • Battery driven products: LCA, impact on environment, best practices, implication of global trend towards growing use of battery driven products
  • Connectivity and blockchain technology as enabler of environmentally sound solutions
  • Digital platform for product lifecycle and material circulation management
  • 3D printing and repair, remanufacturing, recycling 

Circular Economy: Technologies, Business Cases and Regulations

  • Solutions to implement Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR)
  • Incentivized schemes increasing collection, design for recycling, recycling – solutions, concepts, experiences
  • Increasing the sustainability of raw materials used in electronics
  • Identification, separation and recycling of plastics from waste (WEEE, ELV and others)
  • Impacts of lowering POP BFR limits in recycled plastics
  • New markets for recycled plastics within a circular economy – problems and solutions 
  • Product reliability issues connected to the use of higher content of recycled content – changed material characteristics, chemical issues, re-recycling challenges
  • Examples of successful use of post consumer recycled materials in electronics manufacturing
  • Co-production/co-mining as a strategy for value recovery 
  • Recycling of precious metals in End-of-Life-products
  • Recycling and re-use of PV modules
  • Recycling and re-use of Li-Ion and other batteries from electronic products, PV-installations and electro-mobility
  • Risks of high energy Li-ion batteries in the recycling chain.
  • Recycling of rare earth and other critical metals
  • Digital Product Passport (DPP) - advantages and challenges throughout the value chain
  • Digitalization in take-back, EPR management, recycling, re-use, refurbishment and remanufacturing
  • Sustainability of raw materials sourced through circular economy programs
  • Incentive schemes for take-back that drives optimal recovery of critical metals
  • Are the current recycling and recovery rates too low/high? Will re-use quota be feasible?
  • Design for disassembly and recycling 
  • Eco-efficient take-back schemes and logistics for collection of used appliances
  • Right to Repair - metrics, regulations, impact on 3rd party and OEM business models. 
  • Value Retention Processes – integration and management
  • The positive effects of remanufacture, reconditioning and remarketing
  • Tamper proof (blockchain enabled) systems to track the lifecycle of a product from production to End-of-Life
  • Maintenance, repair, remanufacturing 
  • Automation of disassembly, repair, remanufacturing, recycling processes
  • Re-using and recycling products in emerging economies – will this be the ultimate solution?
  • International shipments of e-waste – problems with the quantification and qualification of a growing problem
  • Lacking global standardisation of WEEE material recycling
  • Calculation principles for claiming recycled content in materials/products
  • Metrics for circular economy - system boundaries and calculation methods
  • Collection and recycling in developing countries (legal developments, EPR, informal sector, …) – how can we improve it?
  • Information sharing among OEMs, recyclers and stakeholders
  • Financials for going circular
  • Capacity building for re-use, refurbishment and recycling in emerging economies
  • Rise of social repair and reuse activities that cover EEE e.g. repair cafes, etc 
  • Inventories on best-practices in redesign, re-use and recycling
  • Reverse logistics
  • Software as a driver for product obsolescence
  • Biotechnologies, hydro-metallurgy, … in waste treatment

Legislation driven developments: Impacts of WEEE, RoHS, ErP, REACH, ...

  • What policies at the national level have the most significant potential to drive adoption of sustainable behaviours, attitudes, and habits? Which are most likely to create local jobs?
  • What is the status of implementation of the WEEE and RoHS directives around the world?
  • Quality assurance in the implementation of the WEEE directive – what are governments, branch organizations, collective systems, individual producers, … doing?
  • The importance of mandatory Green Public Procurement (GPP) at EU, national and regional level? 
  • Conflict Minerals: Response to the Dodd-Frank Act and long-term solutions for conflict regions
  • RoHS and WEEE going international – a success story or concerns?
  • Harmonization of chemical legislations (RoHS, REACH and others) requirements globally and global development/reporting challenges for global manufacturers
  • From multinational environmental regulations to local country tax legislation – how the Swedish Chemical Tax and similar initiatives may change the landscape of environmental driven regulations?
  • Harmonization of WEEE producer register and reporting in Europe and abroad
  • Transboundary movement of waste from developed to less developed countries
  • Case studies of successful enforcement campaigns, initiatives geared towards co-ordinated prosecution at EU level, smart inspections, campaigns aimed at countering illegal trade/operations.
  • Social and political/legal barriers for re-use/refurbishment
  • The impact of WEEE and RoHS on small and medium suppliers around the world – an underestimated problem
  • Towards a best-policy – comparative assessment of present legislation and policies  
  • New EU framework for setting ecodesign requirements for sustainable products and repealing ErP directive
  • Upcoming new EPR requirements globally 
  • EPR fee-modulation initiatives and approaches 
  • Integration of materials efficiency aspects into the Ecodesign Directive
  • Implication of the new CEN circular design standard for the EEE sector
  • New EU battery directive/regulation
  • REACH and automotive/electronic industry – registration, notification
  • Processes to get required REACH/ RoHS information from the global supply chain – best practice 
  • Compliance management
  • Evaluation of environmentally conscious products & services (e.g. Life Cycle Assessment, LCA automation, fast track LCA, Life Cycle Impact Assessment, Life Cycle Management, Techno-Economic Analysis, …)
  • Net Carbon Zero strategies for the electronics sector - how to effectively reduce scope 3 emissions?
  • Innovations in building and managing sustainable systems for electronics (organizational structures, relationship building, eco-system development, information sharing, decision making processes, investments)