Introduction to Design

The following Table iNEMI Environmentally Sustainable Electronics: Roadmap and Vision is provided to summarize the needs and recommendations made in the Sustainability subsection and described in further detail in the four subsequent subsections.  This table was developed from input at the iNEMI “Forum on Progress in Green Electronics” at Electronics Goes Green 2012 at Berlin Germany in September 2012 and at the “Sustainable Electronics Forum,” held in Racine, Wisconsin, on October 15-18, 2012 and co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Green Electronics Council and The Johnson Foundation.  For the first time in an iNEMI Technology Roadmap we have added a twenty year “vision” of where our industry should be in 2033 on our Journey to a Sustainable World.  We welcome input from others on your vision.  Without a vision we will not reach our goal.

iNEMI Environmentally Sustainable Electronics: Roadmap and Vision





Technical Plan


Research Plan



Sustainability       Meet the four goals below

Achieving the triple bottom line through all phases of the product life cycle

Companies are looking beyond, developing more long-term technology producing greener electronics, beginning to understand what life cycle environmental and societal costs are being externalized. Still more work to do.

Begin making progress on green house gases, energy, and resource utilization

(Discussed in Sustainability subsection of Roadmap)


Business decisions are aligned with sustainability objectives


All life cycle costs have been internalized in electronic products


All ICT hardware is manufactured in facilities with best-in-class health, safety, and environmental standards globally with employees earning a living wage, no forced labor, no forced overtime, no child labor, no discrimination, and workers have freedom of association


Hazardous emissions to air, water, land are eliminated.


People and communities benefit

Achieving success in the following four areas


Further discussed in the subsections of the roadmap







Materials and Processes cause no Harm

Introduction of halogen reduced technologies

Exceeds legal requirements

Meets legal requirements and has driven to a more common goal of standardizing Flammability, Acidity and various other safety and mechanical requirements



Chemicals/materials used in products

Meet Legal Requirements

Have scientifically evaluated alternatives for all materials of concern

Have scientifically evaluated all materials

No chemical or materials selection is made without an alternatives assessment, or the substance is on the “good” list


Use Biologically Benign Substances


Resources are not wasted

Impact of Extraction of Materials (mining and recycling)

Meet Legal Requirements

First generation of models

on the impact of extraction

Effective Models to make informed decisions

Impact studies using scientifically validated models are required globally and used for decision making





Maximize Benefits

Of ICT Deployment

Use of LCA and other tools

Generic Tools for certain product classes

OEMs Set Supply Chain Standards for Eco-Design

Minimize energy and maximize material efficiency through new tools

Can Measure broad impact (both good and bad) of ICT Products and their social benefit


Decisions are transparent





The Energy Savings from ICT over the 20 years is 1000 greater than the 2032 Use

Energy use reduction of products

Meet Legal Requirements

Achieve a 30% reduction in energy use in lighting and common ICT products

Systems approach used in designing new infrastructure products like 6G

Deploy new products which achieve the vision

Evaluate Energy Savings through ICT Applications


Accurate Measurement of impact of ICT “cloud”

Reasonable Measurements of impact of sensors and applications

Accurate measurement techniques to verify achievement of vision





A Truly Closed-Loop Society

% recycled

Meet Legal Requirements

80% of Metals, 10% of Polymers

90% of Metals, 50% of Polymers

100 % Recycled or Reused

Recycling Processes and Systems

Meet Legal Requirements

Clear definition of what the term “recyclable” means, identify and promulgate recycling best practices


Companies, consumers, and all people in the supply chain are accountable

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