Electronics Goes Green 2020+ Call for Contributions


The upcoming Electronics Goes Green conference 2020 is an outstanding event for the growing global community of scientists, product developers, business managers, and policy makers working on environmentally benign processes, products, systems, and business models in and for the electronics and ICT industry. Digitalization leads to new opportunities, but also challenges for a sustainable development. The Circular Economy requires new product concepts, but also changed business models involving many more actors across value chains. Emerging technologies require critical raw materials, new exotic composites, and adapted recycling processes. 5G will be all around shortly with significant benefits and opportunities, but at the cost of massive data flows and an ever growing network infrastructure.

We have to get the balance right today and scientific evidence can pave the way. Substance restrictions, material efficiency requirements, and waste legislation can be part of the solution – or barriers for innovation. Let’s discuss how to do it right and effective. The ICT industry has a major role to play to stay below 1,5°C warming. 

We invite you to a scientific conference that explores the facets of green electronics. Fraunhofer IZM is very proud to be a stakeholder in this field and has been the organization behind the conference from the beginning. Join us and share your thoughts, best practices, solutions, and findings along product lifecycles at the Electronics Goes Green 2020.

Abstract Submission now open!

Please upload your 400-word-abstract including one (optional) figure exclusively via our online system https://www.conftool.org/egg2020
Deadline for abstract submission: February 17, 2020.

List of Topics

  • Digitalization and the Environment: The footprint of digitalization and sustainability of apps and applications
  • The role of advanced ICT and electronics in the transformation of the mobility sector: e-mobility, autonomous vehicles, smart transportation
  • 5G roll-out: State of play, technologies, energy consumption and sustainability
  • Environmental effects of technologies and materials
  • Environmental effects of maturing technologies, such as Internet of Things, wearables, conformable electronics
  • Product design solutions for resource efficiency: Decreasing material intensity, toxicity and criticality
  • Reducing the footprint of semiconductors, passive components, packaging technologies and printed circuit boards: Designs, processes, materials
  • Global policy update: Substance regulations (RoHS, REACh, CLP, POP), energy consumption, ecodesign / ErP, EEE / ELV and waste battery management, implications of Brexit
  • Best practice for global environmental policy alignment, legal compliance and market surveillance
  • Lifetime extension through reliability and robustness: Modelling, simulation, tests, standardization
  • Conflict-free and fair trade electronics: Initiatives, criteria, materials and sourcing examples, verification, consumer perception
  • Data management and traceability along the supply chain: Cooperation for environmental footprints and material declarations
  • Chemicals management: Company policies, risk assessment, substitution
  • Smart batteries: Power management, state-of-health data, technologies
  • Energy efficiency of ICT and consumer electronics, appliances and networks
  • Data centers: Innovative solutions to reduce energy and material intensity
  • Software-hardware interaction: Defining and programming green software
  • Measuring material efficiency: Implementing EN 4555x and alternative approaches
  • Innovation in product use: Enabling prosumers, sharing economy case studies, consumer research findings
  • Rebound kills the Paris Agreement: Consumption trends and counter-measures in a steadily more efficient economy
  • From a Circular Economy to a Circular Society: Societal transformation paths, sufficiency, and degrowth
  • Obsolescence: Management processes, technical and legal issues
  • Repair, reuse, upgrade and remanufacture of products and production tools: Addressing design, technological and economic challenges
  • The Urban Mine: Exploration still pending? Latest progress in collection, sorting, pretreatment and recycling of metals from EEE
  • Plastics go circular: Policy, design and recycling challenges to keep polymers from EEE in the loop
  • Life Cycle Assessment of electronics: Tools, databases, case studies, policy alignment and methodology advancements
  • Business models for a Circular Economy: Case studies from start-ups to global players