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The Director of the Department of Environment of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Stephan Sicars, and Marketing Director of Government and Institutions at SGS, Linda Tang, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop national electronic waste management capacities.

Two people shaking hands

Recognizing that the management of e-waste streams is of increasing importance for environmental sustainability, public health, inclusive economic growth, and the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, Stephan Sicars stated: “Within the context of inclusive and sustainable industrial development and the circular economy, the Memorandum focuses on strengthening domestic e-waste management capacity; It has the potential to create many safe, decent-paying jobs, while protecting the environment.”

Together, UNIDO and SGS will undertake efforts to facilitate storage services for informal e-waste collectors to store e-waste, thereby diverting it from open landfills. In addition, the partners will provide technical assistance for the safe and environmentally-sound disassembly of e-waste by teaching best practices and helping developing countries strengthen their institutional capacity for the proper management of e-waste.

SGS has created a self-financing, integrated e-waste management system, Renovo, based on the concept of ‘extended producer responsibility’ and the ‘polluter pays’ principle. SGS Renovo already operates in Ghana and has recently launched in Côte d’Ivoire. Several governments in Africa have expressed real interest in this solution.

“We are very excited that, through this innovative partnership, we will implement a sustainable self-financing solution to combating e-waste while facilitating the transition to an inclusive circular economy,” said Linda Tang.

For more information, please contact:

SGS

Mr. Mori Diane
SGS Renovo Business Development Director
t: +44 782 725 6519

Ms. Linda Tang
Global Marketing Director
Governments & Institutions and Transportation
t: +41 22 739 92 59

UNIDO

Mr. Stephan Sicars
Director, UNIDO
Department of Environment
e: S.Sicars@unido.org

Ms. Fatin Ali Mohamed 
Industrial Development Officer
Stockholm Convention Division
Department of Environment
e: F.Alimohamed@unido.org

ABOUT UNIDO

UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.

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SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. We are recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 97,000 employees, we operate a network of more than 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.