StEP (Solving the E-waste Problem)
Philips is a member of the Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) initiative, which is a UN supported global public-private initiative. StEP charter members include Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Dell, Ericsson, and Cisco Systems, along with governmental, NGO and academic institutions, as well as recycling and refurbishing companies.
The primary goals of this initiative are to standardize recycling processes globally to harvest valuable components in electrical and electronic scrap (e-scrap), extend the life of products and markets for their reuse, and harmonize world legislative and policy approaches to e-scrap.
To learn more about StEP please visit http://www.step-initiative.org/
An example of how the StEP initiative works in practice is our cooperation with other electronics companies in Africa. Since 2011, Philips has worked with HP, Nokia, Dell and Reclaimed Appliances in the e-waste solutions alliance for Africa. The Alliance is working together with several African governments on the set up of regional and national e-waste legislation. The goal of the Alliance is to facilitate the development of practical solutions for e-waste management in Africa resulting in sustainable solutions for the collection, recovery and recycling of waste from electrical and electronic equipment.
The en.lighten initiative was created in 2009 as a partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme ("UNEP"), two representatives of the Lighting Industry with the support of the Global Environment Facility. The National Lighting Test Centre became a partner in 2011. The en.lighten initiative has currently 44 partner countries.
The en.lighten initiative addresses the challenge of accelerating global market transformation to environmentally sustainable lighting technologies by developing a coordinated global strategy and providing technical support for the phase-out of inefficient lighting.
UNEP is in the process of piloting 32 countries during 2012 – 2013 aiming to establish collection and recycling activity for the environmentally sound management of lighting equipment in these countries. Philips Lighting provides strategic and practical support to introduce energy efficient lighting in these countries along with collection & recycling programs.