Though COVID-19 has changed how we learn and interact, we remain committed to keeping IEMN active and collaborative.
An in-person meeting for 2022 is in the works and in the meantime, check out our IEMN Regional Webinar Series, featuring guest speakers and perspectives from around the globe.
2022 IEMN Webinar Series:
IEMN is excited to launch a new webinar series of regional reports that showcases WEEE policy and programs from around the globe. The series features representatives from national environmental regulatory agencies and other organizations that are key to advancing circular economy strategies in their respective countries.
Past Meetings :
To get a sense of topics and speakers, check out our summaries from past IEMN workshops and annual meetups.
2022 IEMN Annual Meeting
On June 8, 2022, the International E-waste Management Network (IEMN) hosted a full day of thought-provoking discussions around circular economy approaches for the sustainable management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE or e-waste) for regulators and policy makers around the world. More than 100 attendees from 33 different countries registered to participate in the event in real time, and the recorded sessions are also available to registered participants of the IEMN community.
The 2022 IEMN annual meeting included presentations from 13 speakers from a wide range of public and private sector organizations, research institutes, and academia including Best Buy, Dell, Samsung, the Rochester Institute of Technology, Yale, and University of Minnesota among others. Sessions focused on various approaches taken to improve e-waste collections and grow circular economy approaches, as well as to expand materials for the next generation of products.
Attendees were also taken on virtual facility tours of the TES Battery Recycling Facility in Singapore and Sims Lifecycle Services Recycling Center in La Vergne, Tennessee. The TES Battery Recycling Facility focuses on lithium ion and electric vehicle (EV) batteries with a focus on reuse and material recovery. The Sims Lifecycle Services tour showcased how they are managing the electronic waste stream and contributing to the circular economy. Sims works to reuse, repurpose, and re-engineer as many of the products they receive and only recycle what cannot be reused.
Regional Webinar Series
Virtual - January 2022
On January 19, 2022 the IEMN hosted its first webinar in the Regional E-Waste Panel Series, featuring WEEE policy and programs in Canada and the U.S. The speakers were:
Jay Illingworth, Director of Harmonization for EPRA (Canada)
Garth Hickle, IEMN Director
Chris Newman, US EPA
The speakers provided an overview of current EPR programs in the Canadian provinces and U.S. states and discussed emerging issues and challenges facing these programs.
Regional Event Series Asia 2021
On September 28th Taiwan hosted a virtual event focused on regional E-waste management trends post Covid-19. Following opening remarks from Chi-hsiu Shen, deputy minister of Taiwans environmental protection administration and Justin Harris of the US environmental protection agency, Garth Hickle spoke on SERI’s role as secretariat for the IEMN. Warren Overton of Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform presented an example of public and private partnership for e-waste management. Representatives from IEMN participating countries in the region were invited to provide country updates. Sayid Muhadhar from Indonesia, Tat Dat Vu from Vietnam, Geri Sanchez from the Philippines, Dr. Apaporn Siripornprasan from Thailand, and a representative fromMalaysia all gave presentations illustrating their countries’ e-waste management opportunities and challenges post Covid-19. The event was closed with a Q&A session and closing remarks from Chi-hsiu Shen.
Bangkok - Thailand
The 2019 IEMN Annual Meeting was held from December 2 to 4 in Bangkok, Thailand, and gathered over 70 participants from the government, academia, and industry sector. The workshop reflected the importance of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and incorporated SDGs elements into the workshop, particularly stressed the importance of SDG 17, partnership for the goals, in order to achieve an effective e-waste management by the member country.
Manila - Philippines
The 2018 International E-Waste Management Network Workshop was held in Manila from September 24 to 28 and hosted by the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The event invited participants from over 17 countries to discuss about policies, new technologies and best practices for e-waste management. One of the key themes this year was the involvement of the industry and private sector in order to complete circular economy of e-waste.
Jakarta - Indonesia
With the assistance of Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the 2017 International E-Waste Management Network Annual Meeting was held from October 2-6 in Jakarta, Indonesia. 50 participants from 19 countries in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe representing both government and non-government sectors shared their experiences of e-waste management.The first day of the IEMN meeting commemorated Indonesia’s Batik Day on October 2 with a series of lectures that mainly focused on Indonesia’s e-waste challenges. The next four days saw all international representatives share ideas about future e-waste policies and new technologies available.
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia
The 2016 IEMN Annual Meeting was held from Oct. 4 to 7 in Kauala Lumpur, Malaysia. In addition to experts from Taiwan and US, the meeting gathered key stakeholders from Argentina, Cambodia, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, Thailand, and Tuvalu to share the latest update on e-waste management in their country.
Bogota - Colombia
The 2015 IEMN Annual Meeting in Bogota Colombia was held from Sept. 21 to 25 with the support from Colombia’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Developmen. There were 44 participants, including government officials and representatives of NGO from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, attended the workshop and exchanged practical management experiences of E-waste management. The meeting also included discussion extended from last year’s meeting and placed strong emphasis on the framework, development and practices of Environmental SoundManagement (ESM) as well as the best available technology to deal with cathode ray tube (CRT) TV monitor recycling.
Hanoi - Vietnam
The 2014 annual meeting of the International E-Waste Management Network (IEMN) convened from July 14-17 in Hanoi, Vietnam, and cohosted by the Vietnam Environmental Administration (VEA). The primary feature of this year’s IEMN meeting was training on Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of E-Waste adapted from materials developed by the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). At the end of the meeting, participants confirmed their commitment to continuing the network and sharing updates through quarterly teleconferences and annual meetings.
San Francisco - California
The 2013 annual meeting of the IEMN took place in the United States from July 15-19. The meeting was organized by USEPA and EPAT and hosted by CalEPA in Sacramento and USEPA Region 9 in San Francisco. Participants joined from Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, India, Ghana, Nigeria, Colombia, Argentina, El Salvador, and Brazil. This year’s IEMN sessions featured the e-waste management experiences of U.S. states, with a specific focus on California, Minnesota and Oregon. At the end of the meeting, IEMN participants identified topics for continued discussion and information sharing as well as economy-level activities that could be enhanced with the input or experiences of Network participants. The group also committed to continue sharing updates through quarterly teleconferences and to meeting again in 2014 in Asia.