LONDON Environmental support and advisory service, Envirowise, has launched a free service to help UK electronics and computer manufacturers set up product supply chain partnerships aimed at improving environmental performance. The initiative should save costs as well as help companies comply with WEEE and RoHS legislation on waste electrical and electronics equipment and hazardous substances.
The campaign, which is being supported by the IT, telecoms and electronics trade association, Intellect, and which will be promoted to Intellect members, will partner host companies with a UK based supply chain of at least 10 companies. Each partnership will target the entire supply chain of a product, a specific product group, or complete systems assemblies and sub-assemblies.
Envirowise will provide free support and advice on design issues, waste minimisation, compliance with WEEE and RoHS legislation, and fulfilment of ISO 14001 commitments to help the host company manage its supply chain environmental performance.
For each host company, and all its suppliers that join the supply chain partnership, Envirowise will also coordinate promotion and awareness, organise events and workshops, provide authoritative speakers and offer free on-site design and environmental consultant visits and counselling.
The electronics industry supply chain initiative draws on experience gained by Envirowise with its retail supply chain partnerships on waste minimisation. Launched in 2002 and supported by organisations such as Boots, Manchester United and WH Smith, the scheme had identified £4 million of cost savings in under 2 years.
According to Envirowise supply chain project manager, Philip Price, “Envirowise designtrack services have saved the electrical / electronics industry a potential £12.5 million on cleaner product redesign and packaging in the past 12 months.”