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Embracing Sustainability Role EPR in Electronics Manufacturing

by Clean India Journal Editor
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In the rapidly evolving electronics manufacturing industry, the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) has emerged as a critical framework for environmental sustainability. EPR policies compel manufacturers to account for the entire lifecycle of their products, from design to disposal, thereby addressing the growing challenge of electronic waste (e-waste) management. This approach not only aims to reduce the environmental impact of electronic products but also encourages companies to innovate in product design and recycling processes.

Against this backdrop, Rajesh Ambokar, Asst. Vice President & National Head Administration, GM Modular Pvt. Ltd. sheds light on their approach to EPR and highlights the broader industry trend towards environmental accountability.

Integrating EPR in Business Operations

Rajesh Ambokar, Asst. Vice President & National Head Administration, GM Modular Pvt. Ltd., elaborates on their EPR strategy, which seamlessly blends environmental considerations into every aspect of their product lifecycle. This includes a focus on the collection, recycling, and disposal of e-waste, impacting their business processes significantly. The challenges are diverse, ranging from consumer education on e-waste management to developing efficient collection systems and managing the logistics of recycling.

EPR also plays a pivotal role in GM Modular’s product design. The company now prioritises environmentally friendly materials and designs products for easier disassembly and recycling. Such considerations are integral to their commitment to a reduced environmental footprint.

Holistic Approach to Sustainability

Operating across various regions, GM Modular navigates a complex web of global EPR standards. Collaboration with local stakeholders and government authorities is essential for effective compliance.

EPR principles have also led to adjustments in supply chain management, ensuring responsible sourcing and partnerships with entities that support effective disposal and recycling. Engaging consumers through awareness campaigns and incentive programs is key to the success of these initiatives.

Adopting EPR practices aids GM Modular in its transition towards a circular economy, emphasising the use of recycled materials and enhancing product recyclability to minimise waste.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is revolutionising electronics manufacturing, compelling companies to consider the entire lifecycle of their products”

Balancing Financial Impacts & Innovation

While the financial implications of EPR practices are significant, GM Modular strives to balance these costs with maintaining profitability and market competitiveness. EPR has also been a catalyst for innovation, leading to the development of modular, repairable products, the adoption of sustainable materials, and the implementation of advanced recycling systems.

Collaborative Efforts & Future Prospects

Collaboration with recycling and waste management companies is essential for GM Modular’s responsible e-waste handling. As the company looks to the future, it anticipates changes in EPR policies, including stricter regulations and an expanded scope of producer responsibility. These changes are expected to further influence the company’s sustainability practices.

The integration of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in electronics manufacturing marks a significant shift towards sustainability. Emphasising innovative designs, responsible waste management, and consumer engagement, the industry is moving towards a circular economy, balancing environmental stewardship with market competitiveness.

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