E-waste Challenge Massive Open Online Course

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Basel Convention
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The E-waste Challenge Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is presented in five stand-alone and comprehensive online mini-courses, it is self-paced and introduces challenges and possible solutions for the environmentally sound management of e-waste. The MOOC includes 5 mini-courses of about 6-8 hours each, including time to complete assignment tasks. 

What are the learning objectives? 

This course will help the participants to understand why and how to manage e-waste in an environmentally sound manner and how action on e-waste could be taken in their own life, business, or organization. 

The aims of the course are to: 

  • Show how sound management of e-waste can help reduce GHG emissions, mitigate climate change, and prevent hazards to health and the environment in accordance with the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm conventions.
  • Share best practices, technological innovations, and sustainable e-waste recovery and inclusive recycling business models; Present innovative research on technological solutions to reduce hazards by design.
  • Explore how the value in e-waste can be extracted in a way that supports the local economy and protects people’s health and the environment, evaluating the socio-economic impacts of this change into more sustainable business models; Explore incentives and opportunities for e-waste recycling.
  • Advocate for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of e-waste. Learners who complete the first and second mini-courses, and each of the other mini-courses will receive a certificate. 

Learners who complete all five mini-courses will receive a United Nations Environment Programme/Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (BRS) and EIT Climate KIC certificate of course completion, including the contributing organizations.