- “Trailing the Preparation for Reuse of IT WEEE” €100k”
TriReuse will enhance the understanding of how preparation for reuse of consumer waste electrical and electronic equipment can operate in Ireland. It will undertake collection trials targeting critical raw material (CRM) rich products with potential for reuse at retailers, civic amenity sites, and special collection events. Specifically, the project will perform separate collections of flat panel tvs, desktop and laptop computers, tablets and mobile phones where they will be sent for refurbishment. Through this work it will develop operational and logistical understanding of how to optimise separate collection of products with potential for reuse from B2C WEEE from an economic and environmental perspective. It will also support government policy on upscaling preparation for reuse of WEEE at a national level.
- “An investigation of WEEE arising and not arising in Ireland” €150k
The EEE2WEEE project will employ qualitative and quantitative methods to provide greater insight into the flow of EEE to WEEE in Ireland. Through a collaboration with Dr Maria Lichrou and Prof Lisa O’Malley of the Kemmy Business School, this work will help to develop an understanding of the flows of B2C and B2B EEE in Ireland and how it makes its way through official channels or otherwise.
KIC Raw Materials
- “Raw Engagement for Electronics Repair” €130k
REFER will raise consciousness of critical raw materials amongst wider society through electronics repair events. The public will attend to have their electronics repaired but in the process will be engaged in discussion and informed about pressing CRM related issues, proposed solutions and how they can help.
- “Waste Management & Critical Raw Materias – MOOC” €48k
The secondary source of critical raw materials (CRM’s) becomes more and more important. Therefore it is necessary for civil servants, especially policy makers, students and manufacturers to learn more about waste management and CRM’s.For this a MOOC has been set up as a low threshold approach, followed by a hands-on course, with practical assignments and visits to leading companies in waste management, recycling and remanufacturing.
- “E-Mining@School” €56k
This project aims increase awareness among students and society in the raw materials integrated in e-waste focusing on WEEE management, life cycle and related business opportunities by
-creating campaigns to engage schools
-developing and providing high quality educational materials and a gamification platform
-exposing young people to the business opportunity
-showing to the wider society the results of these activities.
- Caroline Fellowship for Dr Keshav Parajuly “Behavioural Change for the Circular Economy” €230k
Responsible production and consumption is one of the 17 goals in the United Nation’s Agenda 2030, which is essential to achieve sustainable development. Electrical and electronic products have been one of the focus areas in the discussion on resource sustainability mainly due to their growing demand and the use of critical resources. While progress has been made in cleaner and energy efficient processes during the last decades, ensuring more sustainable supply of resources for ongoing technological advancements remains a challenge. Given the nature of the challenge, its solutions mandate a collective effort of businesses, consumers, and governments. This fellowship will address the so far under-explored ‘consumption’ side of the challenge, and in particular, the role of consumers – arguably the most critical factor in defining the long-term success of ‘sustainable production and consumption’ initiatives.
Funding was awarded for Autonomous and remote controlled robotic systems capable of interfacing to and being controlled by a smart MES. This project is in collaboration with Dr Joe Walsh of IT Tralee, ECE Funded Investigators are Tom Newe and Dan Toal. The project is of 2.5 years in duration (Jan 2018 to July 2020) and the total value of the award is €435k, the UL share is €217.5k.