energy bills and emissions still rising due to gadget addiction, says report


An Energy Saving Trust report reveals that the UK’s growing love affair with high tech and electronic appliances is likely to mean that the UK will fall short of 2020 targets to cut domestic electricity emissions by 34 per cent. The research is rooted in earlier statistics revealing that the number of domestic gadgets and appliances in the average UK household has increased by three and a half times between 1990 and 2009 and energy consumption from these consumer electronic goods rose by more than 600 per cent between 1970 and 2009.

However, while the Energy Saving Trust highlights the growing problems surrounding the manufacturing of consumer electronic goods, it fails to emphasise the potential opportunities available through the responsible de-manufacturing of these gadgets and appliances. With consumers and businesses constantly refreshing and updating their consumer electronic goods with the latest models, it is essential to implement a revolutionary de-manufacturing process. With this, it is possible to reuse the raw materials and rare earths existing in the end-of-life e-waste goods so that will not only re-use the materials beyond their original purpose, but also facilitate greater efficiencies for the future.

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