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Electronics and the circular economy

November 22, 2021

The number of electronic devices in the world is increasing rapidly, but little is recycled. Most ends up on the growing heap of 'e-waste', which totaled 53 million tonnes last year.

DW Global Ideas Webspecial "Kreislaufwirtschaft" Kategorie Elektronik


Circular economy: Sustainable and profitable

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Circular economy: Sustainable and profitable


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The independence and mobility cars provide us with comes at the expense of the climate. However, lithium-ion batteries have now made it possible to build electric vehicles. But what happens to the batteries after they are spent and need to be disposed of? 

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