Currently, countries lack a uniform measurement system for waste electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste or WEEE). However, substantial data exists for both developed and less-developed countries that relate to e-waste statistics. In order to improve comparability between countries, a sound measurement framework is proposed that integrates and validates available harmonised statistical data and other non-statistical data sources into e-waste statistics.
This measurement framework is presented along with a classification of e-waste in “E-waste-Guidelines_Partnership_2015” published by the United Nations University (UNU), under the Partnership Measuring ICT for Development and therefore also endorsed by ESCAP, ESCWA, ITU, OECD, UNCTAD, UNECA, EUROSTAT and UNEP/SBC.
The universal framework captures the most important elements of e-waste. The guidelines on the classifications, measurement scheme and indicators facilitate the implementation of harmonised concepts to measure the size of a country’s e-waste market, its transboundary e-waste movement and the e-waste recycling performance within that country.
“The data collected will support policymakers in drafting fact-based policies to create the infrastructure to manage e-waste within their countries. This will contribute to the creation of green jobs and the eradication of poverty, which are central themes from the Rio+20 sustainable development conference and the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda,” says David Malone, Rector of the UNU and United Nations Under-Secretary-General.