On March 4 at 9am EST, please join us as the Alliance hosts a Tech, Media & Telecom (TMT) program entitled Internet Waste, presented by Rosie McDonald, consultant at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The webinar is a part of the TMT Group’s series of discussions defining the sector’s environmental challenges, discussing the issues involved, and proposing potential solutions.
The full impact and regulation of materials and components critical to the digital economy is difficult to assess as the infrastructure and end-of-life management are less visible. This is true especially to individual consumers that use personal devices supported by data centers and telecommunication networks. In October 2020, the ITU in collaboration with WEEE Forum published Internet Waste for International E-Waste Day which explores the opportunities and challenges of end-of-life management of infrastructure equipment that enables mobile and Internet connectivity. The thought paper focuses on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) derived from wireless infrastructure for mobile Internet connectivity, connected devices and data storage with examples from mobile networks, IoT and data centers. The aim of this paper is to raise awareness about waste from infrastructure that supports connectivity and the need for sustainable WEEE management practices within data centre and telecommunications industries considering forecasted growth.
Rosie McDonald is a consultant at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), focusing on e-waste data, research, and capacity building, and is the author of its Internet Waste thought paper. Previously she provided scientific and technical support to the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, and worked as a greenhouse gas researcher on the UK national greenhouse gas inventory. She holds a PhD in Environment Sciences.