Mike Biddle challenges electronics industry to think big on the circular economy

GEC Emerging green conference

Our founder and director, Mike Biddle recently supported the Green Electronics Council's (GEC's) first ever circular economy conference. Entitled ‘Emerging Green 2015', the event united professionals across the global electronics industry to discuss the progress, challenges and future of sustainable electronics.

As a member of the GEC board and a globally recognised circular economy pioneer, Mike played a key role in designing a dynamic, informative conference programme and helped to attract several of the event's main speakers. His keynote speech, which set the stage for the three-day conference and challenged people to think big on circular solutions, was well received by participants.

Through more than 20 dedicated sessions and presentations, experts and thought leaders explored how electronics companies can contribute to a circular economy. They covered the full spectrum of the electronics lifecycle, from material selection and human rights issues in the supply chain to closing the loop and emerging technologies. Speakers included HP's VP of corporate responsibility, Kyle Wiens, co-founder of electronics repair organisation i-fixit, and Facebook's director of sustainability.

"The Emerging Green conference provided a great opportunity to hear from and meet some of the world's leading experts on sustainable electronics," says Mike. "At this crucial point in time, the electronics industry stands to stem the flow of electronic waste and make a significant contribution to cutting pollution, conserving energy and improving the lives of millions in its supply chain."

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