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Analysis of the “China WEEE Directive”: Characteristics, breakthroughs and challenges of the new WEEE legislation in China

Zhang, Hong LU (2011) In IIIEE Master thesis IMEN56 20111
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
This thesis provides a systematic analysis of Regulations for the Administration of the
Recovery and disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic products (RAW, often referred to as
“China WEEE Directive”) that came into force in China on 1 January 2011 and finds out how
well RAW and its (likely) implementation will address the weaknesses and concerns raised
from past policies and practices for management of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic
equipment) in China. With this purpose, an analytical framework is constructed containing the
main components in the upstream, midstream, downstream and overall stream of electronics
based on their flow in China. The analytical framework is used to systematically examine the
shortcomings of... (More)
This thesis provides a systematic analysis of Regulations for the Administration of the
Recovery and disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic products (RAW, often referred to as
“China WEEE Directive”) that came into force in China on 1 January 2011 and finds out how
well RAW and its (likely) implementation will address the weaknesses and concerns raised
from past policies and practices for management of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic
equipment) in China. With this purpose, an analytical framework is constructed containing the
main components in the upstream, midstream, downstream and overall stream of electronics
based on their flow in China. The analytical framework is used to systematically examine the
shortcomings of the earlier WEEE policies in China, the characteristics and breakthroughs of
RAW as well as the concerns and challenges for its implementation. Through literature review
and interviews with experts, the overall picture of the earlier WEEE policies is mapped out
and the progress and achievements of the earlier WEEE policies during the last decade are
discussed. The review of RAW highlights some breakthroughs of WEEE legislation in China
and indicates how RAW tries to avoid the shortcomings of the earlier policies. Stakeholders’
reflections on RAW and the latest picture of WEEE management in China are presented
based on a series of interviews and a community survey, in addition to literature review.
Various concerns are found from different stakeholders and it becomes apparent that the core
challenge for the implementation of RAW is the development of the WEEE collection
network. Finally, several suggestions are provided for further consideration on the
implementation of RAW. (Less)
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author
Zhang, Hong LU
supervisor
organization
course
IMEN56 20111
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
China, WEEE, policies, analytical framework, RAW
publication/series
IIIEE Master thesis
report number
2011:12
ISSN
1401-9191
language
English
id
2202304
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2011-11-08 15:15:03
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  abstract     = {This thesis provides a systematic analysis of Regulations for the Administration of the
Recovery and disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic products (RAW, often referred to as
“China WEEE Directive”) that came into force in China on 1 January 2011 and finds out how
well RAW and its (likely) implementation will address the weaknesses and concerns raised
from past policies and practices for management of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic
equipment) in China. With this purpose, an analytical framework is constructed containing the
main components in the upstream, midstream, downstream and overall stream of electronics
based on their flow in China. The analytical framework is used to systematically examine the
shortcomings of the earlier WEEE policies in China, the characteristics and breakthroughs of
RAW as well as the concerns and challenges for its implementation. Through literature review
and interviews with experts, the overall picture of the earlier WEEE policies is mapped out
and the progress and achievements of the earlier WEEE policies during the last decade are
discussed. The review of RAW highlights some breakthroughs of WEEE legislation in China
and indicates how RAW tries to avoid the shortcomings of the earlier policies. Stakeholders’
reflections on RAW and the latest picture of WEEE management in China are presented
based on a series of interviews and a community survey, in addition to literature review.
Various concerns are found from different stakeholders and it becomes apparent that the core
challenge for the implementation of RAW is the development of the WEEE collection
network. Finally, several suggestions are provided for further consideration on the
implementation of RAW.},
  author       = {Zhang, Hong},
  issn         = {1401-9191},
  keyword      = {China,WEEE,policies,analytical framework,RAW},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {IIIEE Master thesis},
  title        = {Analysis of the “China WEEE Directive”: Characteristics, breakthroughs and challenges of the new WEEE legislation in China},
  year         = {2011},
}