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WEEE Legislation in Emerging Countries: Status and Future Stewardship Developments

Thursday, November 2 | 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Learning Level: Experienced | Topic: Global Regulations

The markets for electrical and electronic equipment in middle income countries such as Nigeria are still growing at a much higher rate than in the mostly saturated markets in Europe or North America. For example, the number of mobile phone users per 100 inhabitants has more than doubled in Africa within a decade according to a recent study from the European Parliament. But with the growing volumes of new and used EEE flowing into those countries, there is also an increasing need for legislation regulating the proper treatment of waste appliances. This session will compare the requirements of emerging countries’ WEEE legislation with their European counterparts, taking into consideration the differences in infrastructure, political landscape, and existing solutions such as informal collection and voluntary programs. The session will also provide an outlook on future legislation currently in preparation in bigger middle income markets such as India and Kenya.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how stewardship legislation in emerging countries differs from regulatory regime in the U.S. and Europe.
  2. Understanding recent regulatory developments and trends in middle income countries in Africa, Asia and South America.
  3. Focus attention on countries with business relevant emerging legislation.
Johanna Terry, Head of Legal, 1cc GmbH