International E-Waste Management Network (IEMN)
EPA and the Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan (EPAT) have collaborated since 2011 to build global capacity for the environmentally sound management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), which is commonly called e-waste. To support this goal, EPA and EPAT coordinate the International E-Waste Management Network (IEMN). The IEMN enables environmental officials from within and beyond the Asia-Pacific region to exchange information and best practices on e-waste management.
Learn more about our work with the International E-Waste Management Network (IEMN):
- Fourth Annual IEMN Meeting (2014)
- Third Annual IEMN Meeting (2013)
- International WEEE Management Workshop (2012)
- Related Information Resources
USEPA, Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan (EPAT), and the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) co-hosted the fourth annual meeting of the International E-Waste Management Network (IEMN) from July 14-17, 2014 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
In addition to officials from Vietnam, Taiwan and the United States, representatives from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Colombia, Argentina, El Salvador, Brazil, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Egypt, Canada, Mexico, Washington State and California joined the meeting.
Participants confirmed their commitment to continuing the network and sharing updates through quarterly teleconferences and annual meetings. Representatives offered to share additional information on financial structures and incentives from the countries and locations represented by the IEMN. Participants also expressed interest in continuing to learn about ESM in greater detail, as well as about how to recycle difficult-to-manage wastes such as mercury-containing lamps.
The 3rd annual meeting of the IEMN (formerly the GEM Network) took place in the United States in July 2013. The meeting was organized by USEPA and EPAT and hosted by CalEPA in Sacramento and USEPA Region 9 in San Francisco. Participants joined from Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, India, Ghana, Nigeria, Colombia, Argentina, El Salvador, and Brazil. This year’s IEMN sessions featured the e-waste management experiences of U.S. states, with a specific focus on California, Minnesota and Oregon.
IEMN participants engaged in direct dialogue with state officials about how state e-waste programs were developed, where they have been successful, and what challenges lie ahead. Network members also heard from companies and organizations that work on e-waste management in the United States. Non-governmental organizations, certifying bodies and auditors for third-party recycler certification programs, third-party certified recyclers, ansd manufacturers were represented. The IEMN also visited third-party-certified e-waste recyclers in California.
Participants exchanged the latest updates about e-waste management in their own economies, a regular feature of IEMN meetings. These updates were moderated by EPA's Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs, Michelle DePass. In addition, EPA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Lisa Feldt, presented the U.S. National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship. Other EPA presenters shared the recent results of projects under the Strategy.
At the end of the meeting, participants identified priority topics and activities as next steps. The IEMN will continue sharing information on an ongoing basis and through quarterly discussions. The next IEMN meeting will be in Asia in 2014.
The October 2012 International WEEE Management Workshop was a week-long meeting in Taipei that focused in-depth on Taiwan's system for recycling WEEE, called the 4-in-1 Recycling Program.
This WEEE Management Workshop was a follow-up to the first international meeting on WEEE that EPA and EPAT co-hosted in June 2011. Participants joined the workshop from Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, India, Colombia, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Argentina, Nigeria, and Ghana.
The workshop also featured guest speakers who shared the status of WEEE management in USA, Japan, Singapore and Korea. At the conclusion of the 2012 meeting, the participants decided to form the International E-Waste Management Network (IEMN) in order to exchange information on an ongoing basis.
Some of the highlights of that workshop included:
- EPAT staff presented the development and implementation of the 4-in-1 Recycling Program, including the environmental problems that led EPAT to implement mandatory recycling.
- During site visits to local recycling, collection, and sorting facilities, EPAT and facility staff demonstrated how recyclers in Taiwan implement environmental and worker protections, how the entire 4-in-1 Program (including financial management) is audited, how waste sorting takes place at the community level, and how individuals can sell recyclables to private collectors.
- Throughout the workshop, participants shared the latest developments on WEEE management in their respective countries.
- Asian Network for Prevention of Illegal Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes
- Regional Latin American and Caribbean Platform for Electronic Waste (RELAC)
- Nigeria E-Waste Country Assessment
- Ghana E-Waste Country Assessment
- International Dialogue on the Environmentally Sound Management of E-Waste and 5th PACE Physical Meeting (2012)
- U.S. National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship
- Certification programs for electronics recyclers: R2 Solutions and E-Stewards
For additional information on EPA's work in Asia, contact:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2670R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460