Eco-systemes

Welcome to the Life-Cycle Inventories (LCI) Database on WEEE management!

About Eco-systèmes

Representing more than 2000 producers, Eco-systèmes is a non-profit organisation and a leading collective take-back scheme approved by the French authorities to collect and recycle Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), achieving the collection and the treatment of about 520 000 tonnes in 2016.

Eco-systèmes has a strong implication in favour of waste prevention, including by supporting eco-design initiatives. It is committed in guaranteeing environmental-friendly de-pollution as well as high levels of recycling rates and secondary raw materials quality, in compliance with the CENELEC standards.

Eco-systèmes website

Partnership

For 2 years, Eco-systèmes and Récylum, accompanied by Bleu Safran (consultant specialized in LCA applied to waste management), have joined their efforts to develop a Life Cycle Inventories (LCI) database on WEEE management. This project has been co-financed by ADEME (French environmental agency).

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See also Récylum's Node at: weee-lci.recylum.com

Once downloaded, how to visualize the datasets?

About this WEEE LCI Database

This innovative database provides unprecedented possibilities to the producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment to integrate resource efficiency in their eco-design strategies. The database, compliant with ILCD entry-level and ISO14040-14044 requirements, covers all categories of household appliances as well as certain professional equipment, included those defined by the WEEE Directive (2012/19/EU). It is available on Eco-systèmes and Récylum’s nodes on the Life-cycle Data Network of the Joint Research Centre.

This database contributes to solve several challenges faced by producers to adopt a circular approach, from an environmental assessment perspective, notably by:
  • Reducing the dissymmetry between production and end-of-life modelling, in terms of reliability and granularity of the data used.
  • Facilitating the modelling of a life-cycle stage which is generally not managed by material producers nor product manufacturers, and involves multi-step and multi-actor pathways.
  • Taking into account, on the basis of field data, the environmental benefits of material and energy recovery.
For this purpose, the LCI have been developed at the scale of a couple material/WEEE category (e.g.: LCI of the end-of-life of 1kg of steel in large household appliances, LCI of the end-of-life of 1kg of glass in lamps, etc.), and cover all the operations from waste collection to final destinations of the processed fractions (recycling, energy recovery, landfilling). Thereby, the database allows to take the complete recycling chain into account and to adapt the assessment specifically to the product design, without requiring any additional hypothesis or settings than the product material composition. The specific data needed, from the producer’s perspective, as well as the scale of analysis can thus be consistent between the different life-cycle stages linked to material efficiency: raw material extraction, manufacturing, end-of-life.

As regards the benefits of recycling and energy recovery, two variants of LCI have been produced:
  1. Including the benefits of recycling and energy recovery (system expansion approach).
  2. Not including them (cut-off approach).
To achieve this modelling, data of different sources have been gathered, cross-checked and peer-reviewed by independent experts to feed the material flow analysis:
  • Sampling programmes and WEEE material composition analysis.
  • Recurrent batch assessments on output fractions, for treatment plants covering more than 90% of WEEE volumes managed by Eco-systèmes and Récylum.
  • Traceability on the downstream acceptors of the output fractions.
  • Questionnaires to treatment plants on residues or mixed fractions compositions, energy consumptions and emissions.
These data sources have been cross-checked by Eco-systèmes and Récylum, the developer (Bleu Safran), and peer-reviewed by recognized and independent experts (Philippe Osset, Ueli Kasser). The methodology and data sources are clarified in the Modelling principles report that can be found in each LCI.

Data access and use

Datasets can be used free of charge and also distributed to third parties (if unmodified). For more details please refer to the General Terms of Use.