When managing waste electrical and electronic equipment, efficiency in the re-use processes is just as important as the correct collection of the waste. Innovation is fundamental to Revertia in an industry as changeable as ICT and we are always looking to make partnerships and associations which allow us to advance in this sense.
LIFE ECORAEE PROJECT
ECORAEE (“Demonstration of a re-use process of WEEE addressed to propose regulatory policies in accordance to EU law”) is the sixth of 35 projects selected as part of the 2011 call for the 2011 EU “LIFE +” programme within the environmental policies and governance sub-programme. Revertia was one of the project partners, together with Vigo University and Energylab technology centre.
Our role in the project
Revertia’s main role in the EcoRaee Project was to demonstrate the economic viability of the re-use of ICT equipment from a private business point of view, based on the premise that an IT devices which is no longer used and which is properly collected and processed, we can provide a “semi-new” device to the end user, re-using all the valid components and recycling the remainder. Also, we participated in all other aspects of the project including analysis of the Useful Life of an IT Station with the objective of evaluating the environmental impact of the preparation for re-use process and to be able to compare the results with an alternative scenario where they are not re-used.
The project ended in July 2015 and demonstrated that the re-use of IT equipment is economically, technically and environmentally more efficient than recycling them. The economic analysis showed that the added benefit of this activity for the Spanish market came close to 4 million euros.
Using the tool developed for Useful Life Cycle Analysis it was possible to demonstrate the environmental benefits of the processes of preparation for re-use in up to six different categories.