The overall goal of the Asia Eco-Design Electronics (AEDE) project is to assist the Asian electronics, electrical and home appliance suppliers to meet the challenges of existing and forthcoming EC and Japanese product-related environmental legislation and emerging CSR developments.
The specific objectives of the project are:
- To provide appropriate and up-to-date information to Asian suppliers covering the implications of the Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS), Waste from Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE), Energy using Products (EuP) Directives, Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH), Integrated Product Policy (IPP) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) developments. This will be done through a series of working conferences in China, India, Thailand and Europe.
- To undertake a gap and needs analysis for the electronics industry in China, India and Thailand, and elaborate capacity building plans for these countries, keeping in mind the forthcoming EU and Japanese legislation and other environmental and CSR requirements. The analysis will pay special attention to the needs of SME suppliers who risk being marginalised due to supply chain rationalisation. This will be focused specifically on the capacity to meet EU and Japanese requirements and is not intended as an overall assessment of the electronics sector in these countries.
- To develop a set of training tools developed on the basis of the capacity building plans, needs assessments and as an outcome of the working conferences in Asia and Europe. The training tools will be designed to include elements that will require close technical co-operation between European and Asian partners in the future and will be tailored to the requirements of the EU Directives.
- To facilitate interaction and dialogue between Asian and European stakeholders (who will include the standard setters as well as transnational corporations) in the electronics industry.
- To create a system for managing and disseminating information to Asian suppliers that can be sustained after the project comes to an end.