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      After the course the student is familiar with the legislation and revised legislative proposals on waste and their impact on electronics design and their lifecycles including EU's long-term targets on circular economy. The student will gain knowledge on resource management, manufacturing and supply of metallic materials and their environmental impact, on manufacturing processes of electronic products (inc PCBs, components, displays, batteries, mechanics) and their environmental performance. The student will also become familiar with the reuse and recycling logistics and methods considering specifically the responsibilities of the manufacturer as well as the process of life cycle assessment.

      Course schedule:
      15.9. Course introduction, sustainability in electronics/EEE and main legislation, LCA basics, WEEE treatment
      17.9. Reflection lecture, Homework clinic I
      22.9. Manufacturing of electronic components, ICs, packaging, circuit boards and their impact
      24.9. Reflection lecture, Homework clinic II
      29.9. Life cycle assessment (LCA)
      1.10. Reflection lecture, Homework clinic III
      6.10. – 22.10 LCA exercise
      27.10. Metals in electronics - metals production
      29.10. Presentations LCA exercise (Reports DL 5.11.)
      3.11. Unit processes in metal production and recycling
      5.11. Reflection lecture, Homework clinic IV
      10.11. Recycling of metals
      12.11. Reflection lecture, Homework clinic V
      17.11. Sustainable EEE - Nokia case study
      19.11. Towards carbon neutrality in EEE and Eco-design exercise
      24.11. – 3.12. Eco-design EEE
      8.12. Presentations Eco-design exercise (Reports DL 15.12.)
      10.12. Exam