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EWIT: Developing a e-waste implementation toolkit to support the recycling and the secondary raw material recovery strategies in metropolitan areas in Africa

Acronym: 
EWIT
Objectives of the commitment: 

Create a Partnership across Africa and Europe focused on delivering advancements in recycling as a key component of metropolitan areas’ waste management strategy, using e-waste as a pilot to build up a modern and effective reference model. We will maximize recycling opportunities in Africa to generate economic value, increase environment and health protection and protect current jobs while improving their effectiveness and working conditions.
We will generate synergies between Africa and Europe related to technology transfer and e-waste flows monitoring and control, to minimize illegal export from Europe; exploit the available data on waste generated; define and develop the conditions and actions necessary to implement effective waste recycling systems in metropolitan areas; develop standards and benchmarks to improve the e-waste collection and materials recycling.

Description of the activities: 

The key activities of the commitment will be focused on the following areas:
- Collection: strengthen the knowledge related to e-waste collection systems, best practice and consumer behavior to trial and develop a range of high yielding collection approaches and consumer campaigns for representative demographics across key metropolitan areas in Africa;
- Process Technologies: map the technological options for e-waste recycling, taking into account the current dismantling and material recovery processes and the potential to introduce low environmental impact and cost effective alternatives or complementary technologies;
- Closing the loop: analyze the opportunities related to the use of secondary raw materials recovered from e-waste in local businesses, to enable new opportunities for both the recycling sector in Africa and the downstream industries interested to reduce their dependency from primary resources;
- e-waste Intelligence: collect updated information on the availability of secondary raw materials, particularly Critical Raw Materials (CRMs), in e-waste through quantification of the CRM content of appliances and e-waste arising. Map the options available for the implementation of ICT to improve the channeling of WEEE to appropriate recycling facilities to maximize recovery of CRM and reduce illegal export;
- Financing: analyze the EPR strategy as a mean to support the development of local e-waste management systems, evaluating bottlenecks, preconditions and key enabling factors to make it work in an effective way;
- Dissemination and information exchange: develop an interactive platform for dissemination and information exchange of waste management best practices, benchmarks and case studies thereby raising awareness on behavioral, social, political, cultural and institutional aspects in recycling, and paving the way to new development opportunities.
As told before, the partnership will generate synergies between African and European Municipalities and Governments related to technology transfer and e-waste flows monitoring and control, to minimize illegal export from Europe to Africa; exploit the available data on reliable-waste generated in terms of quantity, material content, future trends, environmental impact and economic recovery potential; define and develop the conditions, actions and business case necessary to implement effective and reliable waste recycling systems in metropolitan areas; develop standards, benchmarks and best practice to drive improvements in the collection, recycling and recovery of materials.

Description of the expected impacts: 

We aim to improve knowledge on e-waste and other complex waste streams recycling. A coordinated strategic agenda to the definition of a e-waste toolbox, to increase separate collection of e-waste and recycling rates in the medium term. EWIT supports the implementation of the outcome of Rio+20 and UNEP Global Partnership on Waste Management (WM) as the development of environmentally sound WM systems, in line with the Basel Convention, creating the conditions to enable new market opportunities for African and European business. Paucity of addressed data prevents from quantifying the impacts now. We foresee at least 3 projects to implement effective WMS’ will arise from EWIT project in African Metropolitan Areas (AMA), with immediate benefits in health, environment, occupation, legality terms.
EWIT project will contribute in reducing the illegal e-waste export from Europe to Africa of at least 30%.
Key stakeholders: Producers (efficient setup of a model in AMA as a key step to enhance societal acceptance of/confidence in e-goods producers), Local Scrap Dealers/Recyclers (increased volumes/revenues/job creation due to additional material recycling), Municipalities (improved effectiveness of collection, more engaged consumers, value sharing along the supply chain), Downstream industries (improved critical raw materials availability/reduced price volatility), Academia (e-waste flow knowledge, CRM content and recoverability, development of a specific model to optimize WM in AMA), Citizens (effective and cheap take back services, better health/environment/knowledge on individual behaviours on sustainable recycling), Government (tool to develop an integrated WMS, development of local waste recycling industry, focused on SMEs, increased health/environmental protection/economics).

Expected innovation outcomes: 
New processes
New services
New technologies
New business models
New ideas to the market
Societal innovation
Name of the coordinating organisation: 
ISWA International Solid Waste Association
Country: 
Austria
Entity profile: 
NGOs
Role within the commitment: 

ISWA will participate in all the activities and will coordinate the project, ensuring the compliance with the Commitment. ISWA will ensure links to other SIP actions, also through its participation in HLSG, Sherpa Group, Operational Group and specifically OG3, OG4, OG5 of Raw Materials EIP. ISWA will also periodically report to the Raw Materials EIP and keep the Commitment track updated.

Other partners: 
Name of partner: 
City of Vienna – Municipal Department 48 - Waste Management, Street Cleaning and Vehicle Fleet
Country: 
Austria
Entity profile: 
Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: 
Providing data, information and expertise regarding the waste management in Vienna.
Name of partner: 
Austrian Society for Systems Engineering and Automation (SAT)
Country: 
Austria
Entity profile: 
NGOs
Role within the commitment: 
Contribute, through its corporate communication routes, to the dissemination of the results of the Project. Provide data, information and expertise to the extent foreseen by the agreements governing individual Project tasks, in which SAT is a partner. Adehere to the mechanisms described above to respect intellectual property rights and data protecion. Support the Coordinator in the promotion of best practice arising from the Project.
Name of partner: 
CSIR Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Country: 
South Africa
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Parastatal (Contract Research Organisation)
Role within the commitment: 
The CSIR is a relationship facilitator and expert in South Africa who will contribute to the development and delivery of the Project. CSIR commits to undertaking the following activities: - Contribute, through its communication routes, to dissemination of the results of the Project. - Provide data, information and expertise to the extent foreseen by agreements governing individual Project tasks, in which CSIR is a partner. - Adhere to the mechanisms described above to respect intellectual property rights and data protection. - Support ISWA in the promotion of best practice arising from the Project.
Name of partner: 
BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
Country: 
Austria
Entity profile: 
Academia
Role within the commitment: 
BOKU can provide expertise in waste collection, both in Europe and in low income countries. Also e-waste recycling is an area, where BOKU undertakes research and has practical experience. Finally e-waste intelligence, information on the availability of secondary materials is a field of expertise. In the fields mentioned, BOKU can contribute to the toolkit by analysing the situation in the target areas, compare it to BAT and develop strategies for improvement.
Name of partner: 
Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and sustainable Resource management (ACR+)
Country: 
Belgium
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
AISBL (Network of Local and Regional authorities)
Role within the commitment: 
Research work and expertise from the members of the network + dissemination (several tools available – newsletter, webinars, social medias, …). Expertise on how to implement EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) schemes and how to include the informal sector as a stakeholder in the value chain.
Name of partner: 
Ancitel Energia & Ambiente Srl
Country: 
Italy
Entity profile: 
Private sector - SME
Role within the commitment: 
Ancitel E&A is an organisation affiliated with policy-making institutions. Our Company commits to undertaking the following activities. - Support ISWA in the promotion of best practice arising from the Project. - Contribute, through its corporate communication routes, to the development of the project and the dissemination of the results of the project. - Provide data, information and expertise to the extent foreseen by agreements governing individual project tasks, in which Ancitel E&A is a partner.
Name of partner: 
Consorzio Remedia
Country: 
Italy
Entity profile: 
NGOs
Role within the commitment: 
To provide expertise on how to apply the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) model. To support the creation of the toolkit providing practical experience on how to implement an effective value chain for WEEE Management
Name of partner: 
Vienna University of Technology - Institute for Water Quality, Resource and Waste Management
Country: 
Austria
Entity profile: 
Academia
Role within the commitment: 
(1) To provide methodological expertise and data for Material Flow Analysis (MFA) of WEEE; (2) to model flows and stocks of WEEE and specific organic and inorganic substances in WEEE by MFA including uncertainty treatment; (3) to give guidance for applying the results of MFA for decision making in WEEE management.
Name of partner: 
Mintek - National mineral research organisation
Country: 
South Africa
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
State owned Science Council
Role within the commitment: 
To provide expertise in mapping of process options for e-waste recycling and contributing to development of low environmental impact and cost effective technologies. To contribute to opportunities for development of down-stream industries (e.g. waste-to-art) and collection and mapping of updated information.
Name of partner: 
UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Country: 
Austria
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
IGO – International Governmental Organisation (United Nations)
Role within the commitment: 
Provide support to collect and update data on critical raw materials (CRMs) and material flows at national and international level. Map ongoing initiatives related to e-waste management. Actively disseminate project results and facilitate knowledge exchange to stimulate North-South and South-South cooperation.
Name of partner: 
LIPOR – Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto
Country: 
Portugal
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Municipalities Association
Role within the commitment: 
As member of the Steering Committee of EWIT Project, LIPOR shall oversee the development, the monitoring and the dissemination of the Project. As a Waste Experts, LIPOR is available to collaborate in the development of the modules of EWIT Project and to provide expertise on Municipal Waste (MW) Management.
Name of partner: 
European Institute for Environmental Economics
Country: 
Austria
Entity profile: 
Private sector - SME
Role within the commitment: 
To provide expertise in the area of collection, financing via Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and information within the WEEE challenge, for analysis, design, hands on implementation and operational tasks.
Name of partner: 
City of Florence
Country: 
Italy
Entity profile: 
Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: 
The City of Florence commits to undertaking the following activities: - Contribute with the Core Partners to take strategic decisions on the development, the monitoring and the dissemination of the Project; - Provide data, information and expertise; - Contribute, through its communication routes, to dissemination of the results of the Project; - Support the Coordinator in the promotion of best practice arising from the Project.
Name of partner: 
International Centre for Research in Sustainable Development (ICRSD)
Country: 
Kenya
Entity profile: 
NGOs
Role within the commitment: 
To promote technical expertise on how to apply the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) model to common interest groups like youth and women groups.
Name of partner: 
Social and economic research foundation (SERF)
Country: 
Kenya
Entity profile: 
NGOs
Role within the commitment: 
To provide expertise on how to apply the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) model. To support the creation of the toolkit providing practical experience on how to implement an effective value chain for WEEE Management
Name of partner: 
Pikitup Johannesburg (SOC) Limited
Country: 
South Africa
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Municipality-owned entity
Role within the commitment: 
To provide access to Recycling SMEs who are currently using Pikitup’s drop-off facilities for the collection of recyclables and E-waste. To support the creation of the toolkit providing practical experience on how to implement an effective value chain for E-waste management.
Name of partner: 
Quadrifoglio S.p.A. Servizi Ambientali Area Fiorentina
Country: 
Italy
Entity profile: 
Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: 
Quadrifoglio is a delivering partner. Our Company commits to undertaking the following activities. - Support ISWA in the promotion of best practice arising from the Project. - Provide data, information and expertise and contribute to the development of the project. - Contribute in the implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) model, of the improvement effectiveness of collection services, more engaged consumers
Name of partner: 
University of Leeds, School of Civil Engineering
Country: 
United Kingdom
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Public Institution of Research and Higher Education
Role within the commitment: 
Contribute on work modules: WP2 – Process technologies: mapping technological options for e-waste recycling; WP3. Closing the loop: by providing expertise in formalisation of informal sector recycling (“InteRa” tool adapted for WEEE recycling); WP4 – E-waste Intelligence: expertise in A) critical raw material, B) health implications of improper WEEE recycling, C) laboratory characterisation and modelling of WEEE components for persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and potentially toxic elements (PTEs).
Name of partner: 
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Country: 
Germany
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Entity profile Federal enterprise
Role within the commitment: 
To provide expertise on how to implement an policies for effective WEEE management involving the informal sector.
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Local Government and Housing – Choma Municipal Council
Country: 
Zambia
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Local Government - Municipality
Role within the commitment: 
To provide expertise on Informal Sector Involvement in Waste Management, Material Recovery and value addition and on how to apply the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) model. To support the creation of the toolkit providing practical experience on how to implement an effective value chain for WEEE Management.
Name of partner: 
WordLoop
Country: 
Belgium
Entity profile: 
NGOs
Role within the commitment: 
WorldLoop is an international non-profit organisation committed to extending the positive impact of ICT projects in developing countries by offsetting the negative environmental impact of its hardware. WorldLoop will provide expertise & share experience with regard to (i) e-waste collection, (ii) e-waste processing techniques and (iii) closing the loop on hazardous & toxic materials from WorldLoop e-waste projects in Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, DRC, Zambia, Senegal, Benin, Ivory Coast, Chile, etc.
Name of partner: 
University of Nangui Abrogua
Country: 
Côte d’Ivoire
Entity profile: 
Academia
Role within the commitment: 
To strengthen the knowledge related to collection systems, best practice and consumer behaviour to trial and develop a range of high yielding collection approaches and consumer campaigns for District Of Abidjan Population (almost 7 million people). To develop an interactive platform for dissemination and information exchange of waste management best practices benchmarks and case studies thereby raising awareness on behavioral, social, political, cultural and institutional aspects in recycling, and paving the way to new development opportunities.
Name of partner: 
Kisii County City
Country: 
Kenya
Entity profile: 
Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: 
To provide expertise, awareness creation programme and capacity building on how to apply the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) model. To support the creation of awareness toolkit providing practical experience on how to implement an effective value chain for WEEE Management. To guide on policy formulation on waste management at County level.
Name of partner: 
Kisumu County City
Country: 
Kenya
Entity profile: 
Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: 
To provide expertise, awareness creation programme and capacity building on how to apply the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) model. To support the creation of awareness toolkit providing practical experience on how to implement an effective value chain for WEEE Management.
Name of partner: 
MINISTRY OF ENVIROMENT, WATER AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Country: 
Kenya
Entity profile: 
Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: 
Responsibility) model. To support the creation of the toolkit providing practical experience on how to implement an effective value chain for WEEE Management To provide awareness creation programmes and capacity building programmes. To provide policy and regulations on waste management.
Name of partner: 
MIJIKENDA YOUTH ASSOCIATION
Country: 
Kenya
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Association
Role within the commitment: 
To provide expertise on how to apply the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) model. To support the creation of the toolkit providing practical experience on how to implement an effective value chain for WEEE Management. To provide awareness creation programmes and capacity building programmes.
Existing EU contribution: 
No
Period to implement the commitment: 
Sunday, 4 January, 2015 to Saturday, 31 December, 2016