E-waste: Regional & National Approaches to an International Challenge
Actors in the e-waste value chain discuss the challenges, successes and synergies.
Moderator: Vivian Ahiayibor, City waste Recycling Ghana
– Mrs. Lydia Essuah, MESTI
– Mr. Ebenezer Appah-Sampong, EPA
– Mr. Sampson Attiemo, Mountain Research Institute
– Mrs Susanne Karcher, Africa Circular Economy Network (ACEN)
– Mr. MacCarthy, HopIn Academy Tamale
– Mr. Gilbert Odjidja, Atlantic Recycling
Wednesday November 6, 2019 – 16:05 to 16:50
Committee Hall 2
Envisioning the Future of E-Waste Management in Ghana
A joint event exploring the current landscape and discovering the potential future of e-waste management in Ghana
Venue: WACEE’19, Accra International Conference Centre, Castle Rd. Accra
Date: November 7th, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
At this year’s West African Clean Energy and Environment Trade Fair (WACEE), hosted by the German Foreign Chamber of Commerce (AHK), the E-Waste Programme, E-MAGIN and SRI jointly organize an E-waste Stakeholder Consultation Forum. The morning sessions of the event will introduce Programmes and Projects around e-waste management in Ghana and explore the different efforts to tackle the e-waste challenge in the country. Participants are warmly invited to join and engage in lively discussions on the opportunities and challenges of managing e-waste in Ghana.
In August 2016, The Government of Ghana passed the Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control and Management Act, 917 as well as the corresponding Hazardous, Electronic and Other Wastes (Classification), Control and Management Regulations 2016, Legal Instrument (LI) 2250 in January 2017 to regulate the management of e-waste in Ghana. In addition, the Ghanaian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in cooperation with the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) project completed the development of Technical Guidelines on Environmentally Sound E-Waste Management for Collectors, Collection Centres, Transporters, Treatment Facilities and Final Disposal in Ghana in February 2018. Together, these national instruments stipulate the duties of various stakeholders with respect to every undertaking in the field of collection, storage, transportation, treatment and final disposal of e-waste in Ghana and seek to transform the e-waste management sector towards a Circular Economy.
To facilitate this transition, various donor agencies have mobilised funding to implement cooperation projects: the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is supporting a Technical and Financial Cooperations on Environmentally Sound Disposal and Recycling of E-waste in Ghana (E-Waste Programme), which are implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) together with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI). Further, the European Commission is funding the E-MAGIN Ghana project (E-waste Management in Ghana: From Grave to Cradle) under its SWITCH Africa Green programme implemented by University of Cape Coast, Ghana National Cleaner Production Centre, City Waste Recycling and adelphi. Lastly, the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) recently initiated the next phase of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) programme which will continue its work in the Ghanaian e-waste sector and is jointly implemented by the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), the World Resources Forum (WRF) and ecoinvent.