Kim Claes
09/12/2019 @ 09:00 – 17:00
Het Pand
Onderbergen 1
9000 Gent
Kim Claes

9th of December, 2019 – Ghent

The production of ICT devices such as smartphones, computers and laptops has a huge impact on environment, climate change and working conditions in Europe and in the Global South. Electronics have long and complex supply chains, involving multiple risks from raw materials extraction, manufacture, transport, use and e-waste.
Despite the complexity, a conscious procurement and use policy can be an important lever for a fairer ICT chain and a more circular lifecycle of ICT hardware. In this conference we will consider the possibilities for procurers, IT professionals to take tangible steps to develop sustainable ICT procurement and reuse policies in Flanders. European pioneers will present their good examples. This is the moment to get inspired!

The congress is an initiative of the project Fair ICT Flanders.  This project aims at improving the sustainability of ICT procurement and reuse policies in Flanders.


09:00 – 09:30: Coffee & Registration
09:30 – 09:45: Welcome by Mrs. Sofie Bracke (Deputy Mayor of Economy, Trade, Sports and the Port – City of Ghent) and  Jeroen Vanden Berghe, Chief Logistics Administrator University of Ghent)
09:45 – 10:00: Introduction on Fair & Circular ICT – Fair ICT Flanders
10:00 – 11:45: Keynote Presentations:  Fair & circular ICT procurement & the role of monitoring systems and certification mechanisms of ICT the supply chain. 

  • Ha Kim Thu – Center For Development And Integration (CDI) Vietnam, monitoring partner of Electronics Watch
  • Peter Pawlicki – Electronics Watch
  • TCO Development
  • Fairphone*

11:45 – 12:30:  Panel Discussion: The relevance of certification and monitoring of the ICT supply chain.  Possibilities and limitations
12:30 – 13:15:  Lunch
13:30 – 14:45: Keynote Presentations on pilots and good examples of circular and fair procurement in the EU

  • John Watts – ICLEI ICT procurement pilots: good examples in the EU.
  • Thomas van den Hoff – City of Haarlem: Fair & Circular ICT for the City of Haarlem
  • Stockholm Region*

15:00 – 16:00: Parallel Discussion tables on fair ICT and possibilities for a circular  lifecycle of ICT (facilitated by keynote speakers & experts)
16:00- 16:30: Concluding remarks
16:30 – 17:00: Closing Reception

* to be confirmed

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Supported by: Vlaamse Overheid, Stad Gent, European Union, Make ICT Fair

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