The current linear economy model is highly unsustainable and vulnerable to economic shocks from the disruption of resources, as seen in the Covid-19 pandemic. For stability and sustainability, a systemic transformation towards a circular electronics value chain is vital. In this shift towards circularity, digital technologies can support transparency, efficiency, ease and accountability in existing economic systems.
The report maps out major digitalization trends and highlights use cases of digital technologies across the electronics value chain, ranging from simple digital platforms and online materials marketplaces to AI-enabled e-waste recognition. Such examples are drawn from both established and emerging digital solutions, while case studies provide a deeper look into real-world applications of digital technologies across the electronics value chain.