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Addressing Chemicals of Concern in Electrical and Electronic Equipment - Options for Action for Policymakers

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Addressing Chemicals of Concern in Electrical and Electronic Equipment - Options for Action for Policymakers

The global production and consumption of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) is growing rapidly and EEE has become indispensable in modern societies, enhancing living standards. Currently, the total weight of global EEE consumption (excluding photovoltaic panels) on average increases by 2.5 million metric tons annually. This increasing consumption and production leads to an increase in raw material extraction and accompanying pollution.

The options for action proposed in this document are intended to inspire policymakers and to offer guidance on possible entry points for taking action to address the issue of chemicals of concern in EEE at upstream stages of the value chain. Applicability and prioritization of these options for action depend on national contexts and capacities, both of which warrant careful consideration when evaluating potential courses of action.