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Semiconductors

European Commission to invest billions in European chip production

Last December, the European Commission presented the European Chips Act, with the aim for Europe to eventually become market leader. The commission wants to invest over 43 billion euros in the chip industry. However, the Act does not address the huge impact when it comes...

USB-C common charging port to combat e-waste

EU agreement on common charger paves the way for curbing e-waste

By autumn 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets, cameras and other portable devices in the European Union. The new law is designed to combat e-waste and adds convenience for consumers. Back in September 2021, the European Commission took...

Apple Self Service Repair

Apple expands Self Service Repair to eight European countries

Apple is making its Self Service Repair available in a eight European countries. This will help consumers to keep products for longer instead of purchasing new ones. At the same time, the service has faced some criticism for being too difficult for the average consumer...

Circular Awards 2023

Flex IT and HP Nederland shortlisted for ‘Circular Awards 2023’

Flex IT and HP Nederland have been shortlisted for the ‘Circular Awards 2023 ’ in the ‘Business Large’ category. The finalists of these prestigious awards will be announced on January 16th 2023 and the winners will be presented with an award at the National Circular...

Smartphones easier repairable

Circular breakthrough imminent with ecodesign for smartphones

A proposed law is turning the world of smartphones and tablets upside down in Europe. Ecodesign will become the new standard, ensuring that devices are more energy and resource efficient, have a longer lifespan and are easier to repair. Smartphones and tablets in Europe have to...

Greening and Digitizing

The Netherlands plans to get green and digitize

The Netherlands is requesting money from the European Recovery Fund and is focusing on greening and digitizing the economy. The ultimate goal is to become climate neutral. The government wants to use the European money to invest in cleaner inland shipping, offshore wind energy, hydrogen and...

Circular Economy investments

Dutch companies invest heavily in circular economy

Last year, the circular economy in the Netherlands grew substantially due to business investments in innovative and environmentally friendly technologies and production methods. The investments are attractive to companies through tax benefits. Investments in the circular economy grew to no less than 1,085 million euros. Two...

E-companies sustainability trend

E-commerce companies jump on sustainability trend

More and more e-commerce platforms are jumping on the growing demand for circular products. In addition to new products, the number of used products being offered are increasing rapidly. A shift towards sustainable alternatives is taking place. Whereas consumers were previously dependent on specialized sites and...

Lifespan for phones and tablets

EU plans to enforce a longer lifespan for phones and tablets

The EU plans to require manufacturers of smartphones and tablets to continue supporting their devices with updates and spare parts for at least five years after they are sold. The measure should ensure that products can be used for longer, are easier to repair and...

Circular IT principles

‘Procurement of IT must follow circular principles’

Sustainability is taking on an increasingly important role in the boardroom. So much so that CIOs and IT managers need to revamp their IT procurement strategy to add environmental impacts and align it with circular economy principles. That's the message from Eco-Friendly Web Alliance, in a...