In this document EERA Linked Third Partners shared their experiences regarding the pilot audits in the Cewaste project.
Please find here Norbert Zonneveld's introduction: Observations on the CEWASTE standard and audits: The CEWASTE project is challenging. The ambitions to formulate normative requirements and to develop an auditing system for Critical Raw Materials – CRM recovery as well as to test these in real practice for collection, transport and treatment of WEEE and Batteries has not been shown before. Starting with the question which CRMs in which products can be considered ‘low hanging fruit’ was already a big puzzle. Questions such as which CRMs are in which products and are there technologies available for their recovery in both pre-treatment and final treatment, had to be answered for each CRM. CRMs are thinly spread in materials and not always applied in similar electronic and electrical products of the different producers. But finding a way forward in the paradox of recovering materials, which are classified as critical because they are important for the EU economy, while most CRMs in WEEE and Batteries cannot be recovered in an economic viable way, goes beyond normative requirements for collection and treatment and must include strong long lasting drivers like EU wide mandatory standards, subsidies and harmonized legislation. In addition the ever-changing EU CRM list does not help to create the necessary long term stable market for CRMs in Europe, which are not necessarily scarce on a global scale.
Despite these challenges companies and especially EERA members are motivated to contribute to the way forward because they believe it is necessary for the holistic sustainable economy in future. It is with some pride that I would like to tell you that there have been organisations in the field of collection and processing that have voluntarily opened themselves up to be audited and thus to provide proof that the strict normative requirements and an audit system can contribute to this higher goal. “The proof of the pudding is in the eating” and that is what the 5 EERA members did and are sharing with you hereafter. The lessons learned in the audits have led to improvements of the requirements and the audit questions and manuals. The following steps are mainly in the hands of the authorities and of producers, who in the framework of the Producers Responsibility principle can ensure that the necessary solutions and conditions for the success of the CEWASTE standard and audit scheme are created.
Link to the document: sharing-experiences-eera-ltps-cewaste-january-2021final.pdf