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The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment

The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment

The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment

The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) is a multi-stakeholder partnership established to address the environmentally sound management of used and end-of-life computing equipment. The multi-stakeholder Working Group, comprised of representatives of personal computer manufacturers, recyclers, international organizations, academia, environmental groups and governments developed the proposed scope of work, terms of reference, financial arrangements, and structure of PACE. The Partnership was launched at the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, which took place in Bali, Indonesia in June 2008.

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PACE Guidance Document

The PACE Guidance Document is to provide guidance on the environmentally sound management of used and end-of-life computing equipment. It emphasizes reuse and recycling, with the aim of avoiding the final disposal of such used and end-of life products in final-disposal facilities such as landfills or incinerators.

The document complements the guidelines prepared by various Project Groups and summarizes the information provided in the report prepared by the ad interim project group on environmentally sound management criteria recommendations, the guidance document prepared by the subgroup on transboundary movement and guidelines prepared by project groups 1.1 (environmentally sound testing, refurbishment and repair of used computing equipment) and 2.1 (environmentally sound material recovery and recycling of end-of-life computing equipment).

By the end of December 2012, the Secretariat had received comments from the governments on the revised draft guidance document that was submitted to the OEWG at its eighth meeting. Pursuant to decision OEWG 8/3, the draft revised sections 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the Guidance Document are submitted for the consideration of the COP at its eleventh meeting.

Following the adoption on an interim basis of the technical guidelines on transboundary movements of electronic and electrical waste, in particular regarding the distinction between waste and non-waste at COP 12, the Partnership has started working on the revision of section 3 of the guidance document on the environmentally sound management of used and end-of-life computing equipment.

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Guidance Document