Electronics Goes Green 2020 now combines pre-recorded video presentations with an exciting one-day online event on
September 1, 2020!

Keynote Speakers

Sarah Chandler | Apple Inc.

Apple’s roadmap to 2030: Its innovative approach to carbon neutrality and a circular supply chain

Sarah Chandler is Apple’s senior director of Operations Product Development and Environmental Initiatives. She is responsible for Apple’s product-level goals of using greener materials, conserving finite resources, and reducing the environmental impact of its supply chain. Her teams work cross-functionally to address cost, environmental opportunities, and supply chain strategy in product development. Sarah joined Apple in 2006 and holds an M.B.A. and Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Systems, both from Stanford University. Prior to Apple, Sarah served as the Executive Director of a nonprofit providing environmental education and leadership experiences for low-income high school students. Sarah can trace her environmental roots back to her upbringing on a maple syrup farm in Massachusetts.

Eelco Smit | Philips

Best practices in Sustainability – what can we learn?

Eelco Smit is the Senior Director Sustainability at Philips, where he is responsible for all ecodesign, compliance and continuous improvement activities in the sustainability team as well as for the sustainability performance of the Personal Health Business groups in Philips. Before joining Philips in 2011, Eelco oversaw European environmental affairs at Epson Europe and before that at LG Electronics. He holds a MSc degree in Industrial Design Engineering from the Technical University of Delft and has a strong passion for projects where sustainability problems are solved through innovation. 

Sessions with pre-recorded video presentations

Electronics Goes Green 2020 – All presentations available online and on demand
To limit the live event online to one day and to still give you the chance to see as many presentations as possible, all contributions will be made available to registered participants online as video presentations 10 days prior to the conference in our virtual conference room. Check out the conference sessions for an overview of all the presentations. Unlike the physical Electronics Goes Green Conference, where you would have to choose between one of four or more parallel sessions, our new virtual on-demand program gives you the opportunity to view all presentations – not only from your armchair without the need to travel, but also in your own time (and time zone)!

Live Event on September 1, 2020

Meet us online on September 1, 2020!
The agenda of our new format is designed to bring you the most inspiring, lively, interactive and educational Electronics Goes Green Conference that the current circumstances allow.

The program at live stream on September 1, 2020 (all times given in CET +01:00 Berlin)

09:30 a.m. Opening of the conference
Martin Schneider-Ramelow, Conference Chair
Nils F. Nissen, Technical Chair
09:45 a.m. Keynote 1:
Eelco Smit, Philips
Best practices in Sustainability – what can we learn?
10:25 a.m. Tour through the online platform and the day
Vihra Dincheva
10:35 a.m. Intro pitches for the different interactive content sessions
10:55 a.m. Break and technical check of Zoom
11:10 a.m.
3 interactive content sessions (in ZOOM)

Room 1: Green technologies and components
Session host: Nils Nissen, Fraunhofer IZM
Guest host: Tapani Jokinen, Design Consultant

Room 2: Circular Economy: Improving material circularity
Session host: Gergana Dimitrova, Fraunhofer IZM
Guest host: Martin Schlummer, Fraunhofer IVV

Room 3: Environmental assessments and product testing
Session host: Marina Proske, Fraunhofer IZM
Guest host: Stephan Benecke, 1cc Compliance Consulting

12:10 p.m. Feedback from Zoom rooms to plenary
12:30 p.m. Lunch networking break: coffee tables and other parallel activities like yoga or cooking
02:00 p.m. Welcome back
02:05 p.m. Keynote 2:
Sarah Chandler, Apple Inc.
Apple's roadmap to 2030: Its innovative approach to carbon neutrality and a circular supply chain
02:45 p.m. Intro pitches for the different interactive content sessions
03:00 p.m. Technical check of Zoom
03:15 p.m.
3 interactive content sessions (in ZOOM)

Room 4: Eco-products and services
Session host: Karsten Schischke, Fraunhofer IZM
Guest host: Michael Riess, VDE Prüf- und Zertifizierungsinstitut GmbH

Room 5: Circular Economy and social issues beyond material recovery
Session host: Melanie Jaeger-Erben, TU Berlin
Guest host: Kyle Wiens, iFixit

Room 6: Regulatory developments
Session host: Otmar Deubzer, Fraunhofer IZM
Guest host: Hans-Paul Siderius, Netherlands Enterprise Agency

04:15 p.m. Networking break: coffee tables and other parallel activities like yoga or cooking
04:30 p.m. Feedback from Zoom rooms to plenary
04:45 p.m.

Panel discussion: "Recycling as circular economy?"

Moderator: Otmar Deubzer, Fraunhofer IZM

  • Sophie Thornander, Director and Program Manager Circular Economy & Transformation, Philips
  • Dr. Moritz-Caspar Schlegel, German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Ecodesign and Energy Labelling
  • Melanie Jaeger-Erben, Head of Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research Electronics, TU Berlin
  • Sepp Eisenriegler, R.U.S.Z Reparatur- und Service-Zentrum
  • Colin Fitzpatrick, Dept. of Electronic & Computer Engineering, University of  Limerick
05:15 p.m. Conference closing
05:30 p.m. After-conference chill zone: continue networking and have a drink together

The key role of the live day is to enable strong interaction between the participants, as meeting the other participants is of course the biggest value of our past conferences.

Interactive Sessions

Interactive content rooms

The aim of the interactive rooms is to open a space to take a closer look into the topics presented in the pre-recorded videos and highlight some results and learnings out of them. In smaller groups we will have the possibility to network, share insights and to exchange knowledge with each other.

There will be two time slots with three sessions running in parallel, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each slot lasts for one hour, the participants decide for themselves, which of the parallel sessions they want to join. Each rooms is hosted by a moderator and an expert from the field.

The six thematic rooms cover the following conference sessions:

11:10 am

3:00 pm

The design of the content rooms is very interactive and will give you lots of networking opportunities.

Panel Discussion

Recycling as circular economy!?
Amongst the circular economy value retention principles, recycling is only the last solution. However, consumers and EEE industry seem to understand ‘circular’ predominantly as ‘recycling’. Is recycling the excuse for business as usual? How can we foster other circular solutions?

We will discuss this and try to reveal feasible approaches to making “electronics go green” with:

  • Sophie Thornander, Director and Program Manager Circular Economy & Transformation, Philips
  • Moritz-Caspar Schlegel, German Federal Agency for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), EU Member State Representative Germany, Ecodesign and Energy Labelling
  • Melanie Jaeger-Erben, Head of Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research Electronics, TU Berlin
  • Sepp Eisenriegler, R.U.S.Z Reparatur- und Service-Zentrum
  • Colin Fitzpatrick, University of  Limerick
Recycling as circular economy? Electronic sustainability approaches beyond recycling

In the EU 2020 New Green deal, Circular Economy is identified as “a regenerative growth model that gives back to the planet more than it takes”. However, consumers and industry seem to understand circular economy predominantly as ‘recycling’. Amongst the circular economy value retention loops, recycling is only the last solution. The other solutions promise better value retention and ecological benefit.

While the end of life of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) has been regulated in the EU and other countries for some time, the loops of higher priority seem to be of no importance in practice - for industry, consumers and even for legislators. ‘Recycling’ seems to be an excuse since eventually “everything is recycled”. It is a striking fact that life and use times of many products are observed to decline, their design is ever less repair friendly. Manufacturers of durable and easy to repair products are promoted as redeemers, but their produces are at most niche products.

How can industry and consumers give priority to the higher loops of the circular economy value retention? Is recycling the excuse for business as usual? Are we condemned to recycling to avoid a real circular economy?

With a panel of engaged stakeholders, we will discuss incentives and obstructors and try to reveal feasible approaches to make “electronics go green”.


Three two-hour online workshops (or webinars) will be taking place between August 24 and August 27. Registration for these workshops will be possible starting August 17. The registration is included in the conference fee.

All workshops are fully booked!

Ecodesign Learning Factory – How to circular design
Monday, August 24, 2:30 – 5:30pm (CEST)
Hosts: Ronja Scholz & Max Marwede, Fraunhofer IZM
Max 40 participants

Workshop Content

In this interactive workshop you will discover how we combined design-thinking, user centered design,  life-cycle thinking and business modelling into one circular design process. You can test our tools and methods and learn how to use them by developing innovative ideas for circular product systems together. After testing we will discuss openly about your experience and ask for your opinion for enhancing our approach.

The Ecodesign Learning Factory is an interdisciplinary and interactive training to learn how to design circular product service systems. If you like to know more, check out

Please register here.

Durability in Electronics – Test approaches for longer lifetimes
Wednesday, August 26, 2:30 – 4 pm (CEST)
Host: Anton Berwald, Fraunhofer IZM 
Max 50 participants

Workshop Content

The issue of premature obsolescence of electrical and electronic equipment is currently high on the political agenda on the EU level (e.g. Green Deal, Circular Economy Action Plan, Ecodesign Regulations) and on national levels (e.g. French Anti-Waste law). While as of today consumers receive information on the price, the brand and the performance of their devices at the point of sales, information on the product’s durability is generally missing. However, removing this information asymmetry between consumers and producers comes with multiple challenges and requires robust test approaches that can be verified by independent authorities in a cost-efficient manner. This workshop will present first results from the H2020 project PROMPT (Premature Obsolescence Multi-Stakeholder Product Testing Programme) with a focus on test approaches for electronics and batteries. It will highlight key aspects that will be important to take into account when developing testing programmes and provide a basis for discussion with the workshop participants.

Please register here.

iNemi Workshop: Promoting a circular economy thru best practices in eco-design and a standardized procedure for extended reliability assessment
Thursday, August 27, 5:00 – 6:30pm (CEST)
Host:  Tom Okrasinski, Nokia
Guests: Julio Vargas, IBM and Juan Dominguez, Intel
Max 80 participants

Workshop Content

Roadmapping the future sustainability needs of the electronics industry has highlighted key challenges and opportunities to support the realization of  a Circular Electronics Economy. This iNEMI workshop will focus on two of the areas identified:

  • Innovative Eco-design:  What are the best practices that innovators have adopted? How can resource efficiency be promoted on a global level?
  • Extended reliability: Discuss the opportunities and challenges of extending the use of ICT products and components beyond their initial design life (while maintaining the intended performance and reliability). How can this be achieved? 

This virtual workshop will be an active engagement session, with context setting  on present industry activities and anticipated future requirements from industry leaders. Attendance at the workshop will give you an opportunity to learn and contribute to the discussions and identify where collaborative industry efforts can be leveraged to address these challenges. 

Please register here.

Networking & Socializing

Networking in a virtual venue
Welcome to our Electronics Goes Green virtual venue – the virtual meeting place of our conference. You can step into the venue map at any time during our live day on September 1. Here you will find all relevant information about the event and how to virtually navigate between the different conference areas. It is the place to get information about the latest trends and developments within the green electronics sector, the breakout sessions and the networking opportunities. You'll be able to initiate videochats with other attendees, chat with old friends and connect with other "green" experts through Linkedin . Don’t miss out on our interactive yoga sessions, lunch and coffee breaks as a chance to see familiar - but also many new - faces. 

Yoga is for every body, including yours!

We offer you the possibility to move your body and relax actively through short online sessions of yoga asanas, breathing and relaxation techniques. If you are not sure this is the right thing to do, consider the following:

The combination of movement sequences and conscious breathing techniques have an impact on your response to stress and ability to concentrate. Although modern yoga is mostly taught as physical practice, it developes a certain type of awareness, which brings a change in emotional and visceral functions, and through them, a change in intellectual and somatic functions.

So why not try it.

Facilitator: Vesela Lambert

Vesela Lambert is a certified nutritionist, dedicated yoga and meditation teacher and facilitator of sound therapy. Vesela is working with great passion as a holistic wellness expert to empower you to live your true potential.

Discover the Electronics Goes Green Lunch Area!

@gruengebraten provides vegan food videos and recipes on Instagram. Run by Marieke Lienert and Stefan Neuendorf, the channel has gained more than 3.500 followers since the first video in April. They don’t only cook vegan for environmental reasons but also calculate the CO2-emmissions for each meal. The creative recipes and artistic videos are intended to convince everyone that vegan dishes are not only sustainable, but also uncomplicated, appealing and delicious.

On September 1 @gruengebraten will be part of the Electronics Goes Green Live Day. There will be videos with special EGG recipes during the coffee breaks and Marieke and Stefan will be joining us online during the lunch break to answer your questions about vegan cuisine.