sustainablySMART developed a range of circular product designs for mobile ICT devices. The project demonstrated different avenues how to put in place circular design, reflecting on product / market segment, Unique Value Proposition, and available manufacturing base.
Such examples are essential to guide others in considering circular design aspects. As the project logically only realised few examples, a broader testing and implementation under various framework conditions is needed.
Suggested KPIs: Likely lifetime extension; manufacturing costs per year of product use time
sustainablySMART explored in another project activity the potential to recover and reuse electronics components, which leads to reused components as an alternative resource for new products. This approach provides ample environmental benefits to de-carbonise the industry, but requires novel approaches to testing and qualifying components from secondary resources. Further reliability research on used components is needed to verify and advance the approaches developed in sustainablySMART.
Suggested KPI: effort to test and qualify used components
The Life Cycle Assessments in sustainablySMART indicated the high climate impact of high-tech industries, such as display and semiconductor manufacturing. This leads to the recommendation to advance circularity in these industries in particular, by exploring existing examples for material cycles and manufacturing tools refurbishment, and to progress the level of circularity in these industries in particular.
Suggested KPIs: Circularity quota for materials in a given industry; refurbishment rate for tools or aggregated lifetime of tools