The Forth NIES Workshop on E-waste

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The Forth NIES Workshop on E-waste
  • October 19,2007


Many Asian countries have faced the increasing waste generation that accompanies rapid economic growth and this has resulted in an increase in the transboundary movement of recyclable resources. Electrical and electronic waste, or E-waste, is a cause of great concern among researchers and policy makers due to its potential for serious environmental pollution. Many problems exist regarding E-waste cycles, such as inappropriate recycling methods, the increase in both domestic generation and international trade of E-waste, insufficient disposal facilities, and inadequate enforcement of regulations.

The 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) Initiative was agreed upon by the G8 leaders at the Sea Island Summit in 2004 based on a proposal by the Japanese government, and it was formally launched at the Ministerial Conference on the 3R Initiative in Tokyo in April 2005. At the conference, the government presented ?apan? Action Plan to Promote Global Zero-Waste Societies which illustrates the nation? ideas on the establishment of a sound material-cycle society through the promotion of the 3Rs throughout the world. In addition to these efforts, a variety of activities are currently underway to promote the proper management of E-waste in the Asian region and beyond, such as the "Environmentally Sound Management of E-waste in the Asia-Pacific Region" (2005-2008) project launched by the Secretariat of the Basel Convention.

The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) has organized three E-waste workshops to date (2004, 2005 and 2006). At the past workshops, we shared our understanding of the state of E-waste issues at national, regional and international levels, and discussed future tasks for the promotion of the 3Rs of E-waste. At the Fourth NIES Workshop on E-waste, which will be held on November 21-22, 2007, we will focus on several important aspects of E-waste such as toxic and resource potentials, inventories, reuse, and extended producer responsibility (EPR). We are organizing this workshop in order to understand the current regional and global issues related to E-waste and to seek appropriate 3R policies. We are looking forward to your participation.

Date map
November 21(Wed) & 22(Thu), 2007
Epochal Tsukuba(Tsukuba International Congress Center)
 Convention Hall 300 (21st) and
 Conference room 406 (22nd)
Note the room change on the second day!
2-20-3,Takezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0032, Japan
TEL:+81-29-861-0001 FAX:+81-29-861-1209
Participation Fee
Free of charge


English (Simultaneous English-Japanese translation is available on Nov. 21)


Participants who are not invited speakers must register. Please register through website below or fax the registration form to 03-3508-0820.

Side Events

The Japan Society of Waste Management Experts (JSWME) 18th Annual Conference (Nov. 19-21) at Epochal Tsukuba.
See: (English), (Japanese)

Programe (Some co-presenters are not listed due to space)

Nov. 21st
12:30 Registration
13:00 Opening Remarks by Dr. Ryutaro Ohtsuka (President of NIES, Japan)
13:15-14:30 Session 1 "Toxic Potentials and Resource Potentials in E-waste Cycles"
Chairperson: Dr. Shinsuke Murakami (Univ. of Tokyo, Japan)
Dr. Shinsuke Murakami (Univ. of Tokyo, Japan)
“Measures to evaluate E-waste cycles”
Dr. Kenichi Nakajima (NIES, Japan)
“Raising the Resource Potentials of E-waste ~Recycle Flow Analysis of End-of-Life Cellular Phone~”
Dr. Tomoko Shirahase, Dr. Akiko Kida (NIES, Japan), Dr. Shinsuke Murakami (Univ. of Tokyo, Japan)
“Understanding the flows of metals in waste PC”
Prof. Dr. Ming Hung Wong (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR)
“Potential health hazards of POPs generated by uncontrolled e-waste recycling”
14:30-14:45 Break
Dr. Yasuhiro Hirai (Kyoto Univ., Japan)
“Life Cycle Assessments on Recycling of TV Cabinet Back Covers Containing Brominated Flame Retardants”
Dr. Martin Streicher-Porte (EMPA, Switzerland)
“Ecological and Economical Optimization of Manual Dismantling of e-waste in China”
15:55-16:10 Break
16:10-18:00 Panel Discussion “Evaluation Method of E-waste and Future Measures”
Chairpersons: Dr. Shinsuke Murakami(Univ. of Tokyo, Japan),
Dr. Yasuhiro Hirai (Kyoto Univ., Japan)
Prof. June woo Park (Sangmyung. Univ., Korea)
Dr. Martin Streicher-Porte (EMPA, Switzerland)
Prof. Dr. Ming Hung Wong (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR)
Mr. Takahiro Hasegawa (Ministry of the Environment, Japan)
Dr. Yuichi Moriguchi (NIES, Japan)
Nov. 22nd
9:00-10:15 Session 2 "E-waste Inventory and Material Flow Analysis "
Chairperson: Dr. Atsushi Terazono(NIES, Japan)
Dr. Atsushi Terazono (NIES, Japan)
“Material Flow of E-waste in Japan and Other Asia”
Prof. Huanzheng Du, Dr. Bin Li, Mr. Wei cheng Fang, Dr. Hua guo Yang (Jiaxing Univ., China)
“Recycling System and Social Issues on E-waste in China”
Dr. Eiji Yamasue, Mr. Nguyen Duc Quang, Dr. Hideyuki Okumura, Prof.Dr. Keiichi N. Ishihara (Kyoto Univ., Japan)
“Use and Obsolescence of Large Home Electronic Appliances in Vietnam”
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Mr. Amit Jain (IRG Systems South Asia Private Limited, India)
“Inventory Studies, Risk Profiling and Financial Viability for WEEE/E-waste Treatment Facility: A Case Study of India”
Ms. Melissa Cardenas (SAGIP, Philippinne)
“Importation of Used Electronic Appliances: A Philippine Inventory”
Ms. Kaoru Oka (EX corporation, Japan)
“E-waste Inventory Development under the Basel Convention Partnership on the Environmentally Sound Management of E-waste for the Asia-Pacific Region”
Short summary
12:00-13:15 Lunch
13:15-15:10 Session 3 "Reuse and Transboundary Movement of Used Electronic Appliances"
Chairperson: Dr. Aya Yoshida(NIES, Japan)
Dr. Aya Yoshida (NIES, Japan) , Mr. Michikazu Kojima (IDE/JETRO, Japan)
“Current Situations of Reuse, Recycle and Transboundary Movement of Used PCs”
Dr. Shinsuke Kondo (AIST, Japan)
“Cost-profit Analysis of Multilateral Reuse and Recycling of E-waste between Japan and China”
Prof. Chien-Te Fan (National Tsing Hua Univ., Taiwan), Mr. Ching-Chung Huang (Environmental Protection Administration, Taiwan)
“Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainable IT Management -Taking the Secondhand PCs and Mobile Phones as Examples”
Dr. Jeffrey Dahmus (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
“A Comparison of North American Electronics Recycling Systems”
Short summary
15:10-15:30 Break
15:30-17:25 Session 4 "EPR and Management System of E-waste in Each Country"
Chairperson: Dr. Rie Murakami-Suzuki (NIES, Japan)
Dr. Rie Murakami-Suzuki (NIES, Japan)
“E-waste Recycle Systems with EPR Concept in East Asia Countries and European Countries“
Mr. Charuek Hengrasmee (Electrical & Electronics Institute, Thailand)
“EPR& E-waste Management: Thailand; Approaches and Current Issues Updated”
Mr. Paulo Trigo Ribeiro (IN+ Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, Portugal)
“Implementation of a WEEE Management Infrastructure in Portugal: Technological and Business Challenges”
Prof. Junewoo Park (Sangmyung. Univ., Korea)
“EPR and E waste-Recycling in Korea”
Short summary
17:25-17:40 Summary by Dr. Atsushi Terazono (NIES, Japan)
Closing remarks by Dr. Yuichi Moriguchi (NIES, Japan)


Dr. A. Terazono, Ms. M. Watanabe, Ms. K. Sato
National Institute for Environmental Studies / Research Center for Material Cycles and Waste Management
TEL: +81-29-850-2506
FAX: +81-29-850-2931
Ms. Y. Ehara
Secretariat of the NIES Workshop on E-waste c/o Japan Convention Services, Inc. (JCS)
TEL: +81-3-3508-1213
FAX: +81-3-3508-0820
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