Eco Business and Policy Centre - Ghana , West Africa
Project Partners

United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability  (UNU-IAS SCYCLE)

Experience of similar actions, in relation to the role in the implementation of the proposed action

UNU-IAS SCYCLE focuses its work on sustainable consumption and production with more than ten years of experience in e-waste research and implementation of related projects. UNU-IAS SCYCLE hosts the Secretariat of the Step Initiative (see link above), an initiative with more than 60 members from industry, academia, governments and non-governmental actors who work on developing sustainable solutions to the e-waste problem. Together with UNIDO, UNU is currently involved in a large-scale project, funded by the Global Environmental Facility, on setting up an e-waste management system in Ethiopia. Further, UNU has advised the government of Ghana related to the drafting of respective e-waste legislation.

UNU will  be involved in the following tasks: Assessment of e-waste arising, drafting of policy recommendations, capacity building and training, preparation of a technical and financial feasibility and providing the necessary non-financial technical assistance services for the implementation of the project and introducing know-how and innovative methods and techniques for the recycling of waste


The University of Northampton

Experience of similar actions, in relation to the role in the implementation of the proposed action

In Nigeria we have developed and delivered training in e-waste recycling for the informal sector.  The work in Nigeria then evolved with us advising the Federal Ministry and the regulator (NESREA) on the development of the Nigerian National Environmental (Electrical/Electronic Sector) Regulations.  We have also been assisting a recycler in identifying collection systems and processes to develop effective recycling in Lagos, Nigeria.

We have undertaken e-waste awareness raising activities including E-waste side event and working group presentation.  4th Regular Session of AMCEN (African Ministerial Conference on the Environment) (Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania, September 2012

As a result of our work with UNEP we have signed memoranda of understanding with the Kenyan Ministries of Environment and Education, making us the key wastes management partner in the country for education and advice.  The university has undertaken a wide range of capacity building activities for the environmental regulator (NEMA), and were involved in the development of their ewaste regulations and standards.  We are currently developing operational, occupational health and safety training for a new recycling facility in Nairobi. 

We have run award winning resource efficiency clubs which are now used as a model of best practice throughout the world.  Our resource efficiency project saved businesses in excess of £7million over 5 years through funded projects, with additional savings being made via direct paid consultancy.