London event to report on green trip to Asia -

London event to report on green trip to Asia


London, UK — A researcher into eco-design and environmental management in electronics is to present the findings of a DTI Global Watch mission to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan later this month.

Professor Martin Charter of The Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College co-ordinated the fact-finding trip, undertaken last November, to identify and learn from best practice and technological developments in the three countries.

He will present an overview of the mission's findings at the DTI Conference Centre in London on Tuesday 20 April. Mission participants, including representatives from Fujitsu Services Ltd and Plextech, will also present at the event.

As Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design based at The Surrey Institute, Professor Charter was responsible for leading a group of UK technical experts as they explored green electronics products in the Far East – one of the world's leading centres for the production of home and office electronic products and household gadgets.

Two recent directives from the European Union, alongside legislation in the UK, mean that companies will need to make significant change to their product design and recycling practices.

The event on the 20 April will report on the experience and current eco-design capabilities of the Chinese, Taiwanese and Hong Kong electronics sectors. Guests will be able to discuss the mission and discover implications for the procurement and supply chain management programmes of UK electronics companies.

To register for the event, please contact Louisa Quilter on 01664 501501or by email at

The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) was established in 1995 and is based at The Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College. It has three core programmes: managing eco-design; sustainable solutions; and environmental communications. Sectorally, CfSD has a particular interest in the electronics sector and has completed the ETMUEL project — a training project that delivered eco-design training to over 430 individuals in the UK electronics sector.

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