The Vision

Join Mark Burrows Smith, chief executive of REPIC and Dr Dmitry Yumashev, lead researcher from the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, Lancaster University in discussing the vision for the research into alternative WEEE forecasting models.


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The Research

Setting challenging yet realistic WEEE collection targets is an important part of the UK WEEE system, however data on the flows and fate of end of life EEE is currently limited.  As well as assisting in future target setting, gaining a better understanding of this will help government in setting future policy, such as identifying undesirable, or illegal disposal routes that need to be addressed, and assist the WEEE sector with future resource planning.

As the UK’s leading WEEE compliance scheme, REPIC is keen to support this process and to this end, the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, Lancaster University was commissioned by REPIC to independently investigate and report on existing models and methodologies for EEE and WEEE forecasting, to identify the gaps in available data and make recommendations for future work.  A key aspect of the research was the investigation of what additional factors, such as socio-economic data, could be included in future modelling to improve estimates on the generation of EEE and WEEE.

REPIC is pleased to publish a summary of the results, which outlines ways to improve future modelling, gain a better understanding of the amount of WEEE which will be available to meet increased targets and obtain better information on the flows and fate of EEE and WEEE. The report establishes a template with which to properly model potential EEE and WEEE flows of the future – more accurately describing the relationships between EEE put on the market and the waste generated.

Image of the round table event for the Dynamic WEEE Model
Image of the round table event for the Dynamic WEEE Model

The Industry Report

The white paper report summarises the key features of the independent desktop research project undertaken by Lancaster University and aims to generate discussions with key stakeholders on the complexity and uncertainties of estimating how much WEEE will be generated, outlines work that could be undertaken to reduce uncertainty in the data, and suggests a mechanism that could be used to generate robust the targets going forward.

In the report, Lancaster University present the views and results of the study which REPIC hope will help to inform understanding of post-consumer waste generation and provide a platform for mutual recognition of the next steps towards filling the critical data and modelling gaps. Ultimately, this should help support the design and implementation of future WEEE targets.


REPIC is a not-for-profit company established in January 2004 by leading companies in AMDEA, SEAMA and Intellect – three of the main trade associations in the electrical and electronics industry – to meet their producer obligations under the WEEE Directive.

About the Pentland Centre and Lancaster University Management school

The vision of the Pentland Centre is to create a world-class hub for transdisciplinary research on sustainability. The Centre explores macro trends, particularly in environmental sustainability, ethical trade, human rights, and how business can be a force for good. Drawing on expertise from across the university, including the Lancaster University Management School and the Lancaster Environment Centre, the Centre acts as a hub that brings together the latest global views from across academic disciplines and engages directly with leading companies and organisations, including the Pentland Group and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). They aim to help businesses develop opportunities, understand risks and challenge the status quo.

Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) is one of the few business schools in the world to hold quadruple accreditation, and is consistently ranked among the UK’s top ten. LUMS is accredited by the AACSB, EQUIS, the Association of MBAs and the Small Business Charter. Its six world-leading academic departments are led by a team of experts at the forefront of their disciplines, delivering excellent teaching and support underpinned by their research specialisms. As an established and ambitious international Management School, research is at the heart of LUMS’ success and informs its teaching, pushes boundaries and transforms lives.

Watch the wider industry views

In July 2018 REPIC and the Lancaster University Pentland Centre research team held a roundtable event to present the findings of the research to a few key industry players. Watch the videos below to see the delegates responses.


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