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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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Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference were developed and updated as needed for the PACE Working Group and Project Groups.


The objective of the PACE is to increase the environmentally sound management of used and end-of-life computing equipment, taking into account social responsibility the concept of sustainable development, and promoting the sharing of information on life-cycle thinking.


The Partnership covers personal computers (PCs) and associated displays, printers and peripherals. This includes: personal desk top computers, including the central processing unit and all other parts contained in the computer; personal notebook and laptop computer, including the docking station, central processing unit and all other parts contained in the computer; computer displays such as: cathode ray tube, liquid crystal display, plasma; computer keyboard, mouse, and cables; personal computer printer:(a) including the following types of computer printer: (i) dot matrix, (ii) inkjet, (iii) laser, (iv) thermal, and (b) including any computer printer with scanning or facsimile capabilities, or both.


PACE is open to governments, industry, public interest non-governmental organizations and academia to tackle the environmentally sound management, refurbishment, recycling and disposal of used and end-of-life computing equipment. Parties, signatories and all stakeholders are invited to indicate their interest in participating in the Partnership to the Secretariat. Click here to List of Members Working Group

The PACE Working Group is the operating mechanism for the Partnership and organizational matters, and serves as a forum for information sharing. The Working Group elaborates its work programme, terms of reference, financial arrangements and establishes Project Groups to fulfill specific tasks.

The PACE Working Group continues to seek a balanced and diverse partnership and welcomes new members with special expertise, especially original equipment manufacturers, refurbishers, recyclers, as well as academia, environmental groups, international organizations and governments. PACE Meeting documents and products are posted on the PACE documents website when approved.

Project Groups

The Partnership is organized in six Project Groups. The main task of these Groups is to develop products, as per the COP decisions on PACE. The following Project Groups with respective terms of reference have been established:

  • Project Group 1.1 on Environmentally Sound Refurbishment and Repair of Used Computing Equipment
  • Project Group 2.1 on Environmentally Sound Material Recovery and Recycling of End-of-Life Computing Equipment
  • Project Group 3.1 on Pilot Projects on Collection of E-waste from Informal Sectors
  • Project Group 4.1 on Awareness Raising and Training
  • Project Group 5.1 on Strategies, Actions and Incentives to promote Environmentally Sound Management
  • Project group 6.1 on Transboundary Movement of Used and End-of-Life Computing Equipment

The work of all Project Groups in ongoing. They initiated a number of tasks to develop their products as described in the Project Group Fact Sheets. The documents developed by the Project Groups are discussed and approved by the Working Group before submission to the OEWG and COP for consideration.  

Financial Contributions

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