Market-driven developments: Economic forces driving industry towards sustainability!

• Circular economy (metrics, case studies, business models)
• Sustainable consumption
• Green ICT
• Use of technology to dematerialize and decarbonize the ICT supply chain
• (Case studies of) green products and services (features, marketing, consumer acceptance)
• How are sustainability indexes and large funds influencing the corporate attitude towards sustainability?
• What is the role of the individual ‘green’ customers, consumer organizations and retail?
• The role and value of Internet of Things for environmental communication
• Impact of ecological procurement strategies by governments, retailers and business partners
• Role and expectations of eco-taxes, eco-legislation and voluntary, ecological programs influencing our industry
• Market demand for product miniaturization versus life time extension through reparability and refurbishment
• Eco-labels and eco-standards for product declaration
• Global Eco-label standard
• Eco-lifestyle & eco-marketing
• Ecodesign as a business element for ensuring future competitiveness
• Influencing individual behaviours, attitudes and habits to promote sustainability
• Product Service Systems and alternative ownership models (leasing, pay-per-use, sharing)
• Dematerialisation (purchasing the service, not the product)
• Critical materials – will there be more or less critical materials in the future?
• Acceptance of closing the loop technologies, products and services
• Response to public concerns
• Supplying future needs: mobility, health and global communication
• Education as a key enabler of circular economy
• Energy-saving products, fuel cells, solar cells, human powered systems
• Products using renewable energy
• Products/concepts with reduced energy consumption in use phase
• Energy-efficient products
• Energy-efficiency and savings
• Services for energy end-use efficiency
• Energy-efficient procurement and purchasing
• Balancing supply (wind, solar, bio) and demand – the role of smart products


Technology-driven developments: New high-tech products need to be ecologically conscious!

• Design for sustainability
• Eco-design, eco-innovation, integrated product policy
• Eco-efficient life cycles of products (durability), product value extension, long life product
• Resource efficient, commercially viable and sustainable production processes
• Production 4.0 and its effects on the environment
• Eco-conscious developments in sub-assembly/parts manufacturing influencing the environmental footprint of final products
• Avoidance of green house gases in production & products
• Use of renewable energy in production
• Energy harvesting and storage systems
• Modular configuration and customized products
• Interdependencies between software and hardware development
• Increasing the sustainability of raw materials used in electronics
• Limitation and global distribution of nano- and micro-metals – an underestimated problem
• Green nanotechnology
• Impacts of nano-technologies, -materials and -products on environment, health and safety
• Decreasing material intensity, toxicity and criticality
• Rare earth and critical materials - how can they be substituted or at least its use reduced?
• How can all the banned RoHS materials (lead, cadmium, chrome VI, mercury, brominated flame retardants) be substituted?
• Microplastic: current trends, environmental impact, potential solutions in different areas
• Smart materials
• Biomaterials and bioinspired materials
• HFR/ BFR/CFR/PVC-free materials and technologies
• Digitalization & dematerialization – technologies that substitute/eliminate the need for an eco-intensive product
• Data collection & communication – technologies improving data collection, analysis, interpretation and communication
• Battery driven products: LCA, impact on environment, best practices, implication of global trend towards growing use of battery
  driven products
• Connectivity as enabler of environmentally sound solutions


End-of-Life-driven developments: Towards remarketing, repair, re-use, refurbishment, upgrading and recycling!

• Solutions to implement Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR)
• Incentivized schemes increasing collection, design for recycling, recycling – solutions, concepts, experiences
• Identification, separation and recycling of plastics from waste (WEEE, ELV and others)
• New markets for recycled plastics within a circular economy – problems and solutions
• Product reliability issues connected to the use of higher content of recycled content – changed material characteristics,
  chemical issues, re-recycling challenges
• Examples of successful use of post consumer recycled materials in electronics manufacturing
• Intelligent depollution and recycling of (O)LEDs, LCDs, TFTs, plasmas and similar devices
• Co-production/co-mining as a strategy for value recovery 
• Recycling of precious metals in End-of-Life-products
• Recycling and re-use of PV modules
• Recycling and re-use of Li-Ion and other batteries from electronic products, PV-installations and electro-mobility
• Recycling of rare earth and other critical metals
• Knowledge base – Good recycling requires access to market intelligence and state of the art knowledge around
  materials/elements/components arising from WEEE, End-of-Life Vehicles and batteries
• Digitalization in take-back, EPR management, recycling, re-use, refurbishment and remanufacturing
• Sustainability of raw materials sourced through circular economy programs
• Incentive schemes for take-back that drives optimal recovery of critical metals
• Are the current recycling and recovery rates too low/high? Will re-use quota be feasible?
• Design for disassembly and recycling
• Eco-efficient take-back schemes and logistics for collection of used appliances
• The positive effects of remanufacture, reconditioning and remarketing
• Tamper proof (blockchain enabled) systems to track the lifecycle of a product from production to End-of-Life
• Maintenance, repair, remanufacturing
• Re-using and recycling products in emerging economies – will this be the ultimate solution?
• International shipments of e-waste – problems with the quantification and qualification of a growing problem
• Lacking global standardisation of WEEE material recycling
• Calculation principles for claiming recycled content in materials/products
• Collection and recycling in developing countries (legal developments, EPR, informal sector, …) – how can we improve it?
• Capacity building for re-use, refurbishment and recycling in emerging economies
• Inventories on best-practices in redesign, re-use and recycling
• Reverse logistics
• Software as a driver for product obsolescence
• Biotechnologies, hydro-metallurgy, … in waste treatment


Legislation driven developments: Impacts of WEEE, RoHS, EuP, REACH, …

• What policies at the national level have the most significant potential to drive adoption of sustainable behaviours, attitudes, and
  habits? Which are most likely to create local jobs?
• What is the status of implementation of the WEEE and RoHS directives around the world?
• Quality assurance in the implementation of the WEEE directive – what are governments, branch organizations, collective
  systems, individual producers, … doing?
• The importance of Green Public Procurement (GPP) at EU, national and regional level? 
• Conflict Minerals: Response to the Dodd-Frank Act and long-term solutions for conflict regions
• REACH and electronics/automotive producers – status and potential impact of the EU REACH REFIT evaluation
• RoHS and WEEE going international – a success story or concerns?
• Harmonization of chemical legislations (RoHS, REACH and others) requirements globally and global development/reporting
  challenges for global manufacturers
• From multinational environmental regulations to local country tax legislation – how the Swedish Chemical Tax and similar
  initiatives may change the landscape of environmental driven regulations?
• Harmonization of WEEE producer register and reporting in Europe and abroad
• Transboundary movement of waste from developed to less developed countries
• Case studies of successful enforcement campaigns, initiatives geared towards co-ordinated prosecution at EU level, smart
  inspections, campaigns aimed at countering illegal trade/operations.
• Cocktail of instrumental measures to reach the new 65% WEEE collection target
• Social and political/legal barriers for re-use/refurbishment
• The impact of WEEE and RoHS on small and medium suppliers around the world – an underestimated problem
• Towards a best-policy – comparative assessment of present legislation and policies 
• The ErP directive in practice – status, best practice examples, pros and cons
• ErP directive and its existing and upcoming implementing measures
• Critical raw material disclosure in upcoming ErP implementing measures
• Voluntary agreements from industry under the ErP directive
• Ecodesign in view of requirements from ErP directive
• REACH and automotive/electronic industry – registration, notification
• Processes to get required REACH/ RoHS information from the global supply chain – best practice
• Compliance management
• Evaluation of environmentally conscious products & services (e.g. Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Impact Assessment, Life
  Cycle Management, Techno-Economic Analysis, …)


Instructions for Authors

Please mail abstracts for oral presentations, tutorials, invited sessions or posters (1 A4 page, pdf or doc/docx) to before May 31, 2018.
The abstracts must contain the conference topic, title, names of authors, affiliation and address!


Important Dates

May 31, 2018  Abstract Deadline
June 30, 2018 Confirmation of accepted abstracts
July 31, 2018 Deadline for submission of full paper (for conditionally accepted papers only)
August 31, 2018 Deadline for submission of full paper
September 15, 2018 Preliminary Program on the web
October 1, 2018 Deadline for Pre-Registration discounts
October 15, 2018 Deadline for exhibition booths
November 10, 2018 Registration deadline
November 27, 2018 Official opening


International Symposium

Going Green – CARE INNOVATION 2018 is the only platform for presenting the up-to-date progress on circular economy and the development of resource-efficient electr(on)ic products and services. The International Symposium will compare the three major economic regions Europe, America and Asia with high level plenary speakers from global electr(on)ic and recycling companies, research institutes and environmental & consumer organizations.

Leading industrialists, research directors, environmental experts and scientists will analyze the current situation of producer responsibility, environmentally-friendly electr(on)ic & automotive product development, issues of resource scarcity and criticality, clean production, green marketing, logistics and End-of-Life strategies.

Through a wide-range of presentations it will be discussed how the electr(on)ic & automotive industry can contribute in the area of sustainable development in general, and which products, technologies and services will be needed in particular.



Monday, November 26, 2018 Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Registration
  • Tutorials
  • Special Workshops
  • Company Meetings
  • Welcome Party
  • Registration
  • Technical Sessions
  • Poster Sessions
  • International Meeting Place
  • Environmental Exhibition
  • Dinner at a typical Viennese “Heuriger”
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Registration
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Key-note Lectures
  • Opening of the Environmental Exhibition
  • Technical Sessions
  • Poster Sessions
  • Evening Reception by the Mayor of Vienna
  • Registration
  • Technical Sessions
  • Poster Sessions
  • International Meeting Place
  • Environmental Exhibition
  • Closing Session

International Meeting Place

Going Green – CARE INNOVATION 2018 can provide individuals seeking business and/or research partners as well as RTD funding (EUREKA, European Union, global initiatives) with an important point of first contact.

Environmental Exhibition

Located directly within the conference area the exhibition is like a village market place: central point for communication, presentation of new ideas and catering. Companies are presenting their new products and services and research institutes are demonstrating their latest results in electronics and the environment in a Vienna coffee house like atmosphere.
Take the opportunity and present your products and services to a forum of the world’s leading companies in electronics and the environment!

Evening Program

Welcome Party
Monday, November 26, 2018

to be defined

Evening Reception by the Mayor of Vienna
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Reception by the Mayor of Vienna will take place in the Vienna City Hall, one of the most splendid landmarks amongst the numerous monumental buildings along Vienna's Ring Road. Designed by Friedrich Schmidt (1825 – 1891), it was erected between 1872 and 1883. The architecture of the Ringstraße is dominated by Historicism. The City Hall was built in gothical style, with a tower similar to gothic cathedrals.
Today the City Hall is the head office of Vienna's municipal administration. More than 2000 people work in the building. Visitors are stunned by the magnificent appointments of the state rooms, which frequently provide an atmospheric backdrop to various events such as concerts or balls.

Wappensaal, Rathaus
Entrance: 1010 Vienna, Lichtenfelsgasse 2, Feststiege 2 (Map)
Underground station “Rathaus” (U2), tram 2 "Rathaus", tram 1 or D “Rathausplatz, Burgtheater”


Town Hall

Town Hall night


Dinner at a typical Viennese “Heuriger”
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Three basements up to 18-m depth protect monuments of the history. The origins of the history go back till the Romanesque and Gothic, it was already mentioned 1339. The masonry of the well cellar, with his for the distinguished constructions of the Romanesque to typical stone ashlars, comes from the years around 1100.

The mainly Gothic arched upper cellar still comes from the time before 1500. After his desctruction in 1561 the house was rebuilt, the well cellar received his early- baroque curvature and the foundation-stone with the chiseled annual number 1561. In times of war, as well as during to Turk´s sieges of Viena (1529 and 1683) these underground floor served as shelter sides.

In the years 1716 -1721 the baroque facade was formed by Viennese Master builder from Lucas von Hildebrand, one nicest in Vienna which got the building the name Hildebrandthouse and stands under conversations of monuments and historic buildings.

Famous artists, poets and painters have appeared in the course of the years since the existence of the Twelve Apostel - cellar in 1952 here and the magic of the past years and the romanticism which breathe in this old vault in himself allow to work.

12 Apostelkeller
Sonnenfelsgasse 3, 1010 Wien (Map)

Underground station "Schwedenplatz" (U4), underground station "Schönbrunn" to underground station "Schwedenplatz" (about 29 minutes)



Going Green – CARE INNOVATION 2018
November 26 - 29, 2018
Schoenbrunn Palace Conference Centre, Vienna
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