HOBI would like to wish you all a happy new year as we head into 2023. Below is a year in review of 2022 including some of our most informative blog posts over changes to the Basel Convention that took place earlier in the year, the potential ban of gas-powered vehicles in California, right to repair challenges and ESG in the ITAD space.
Swiss-Ghana Proposal Could Largely Disrupt the U.S. e-Scrap Exports Industry
Adopted by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Basel, Switzerland on March 22, 1989, The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and their Disposal is an international treaty that controls the management and trade of waste worldwide. The Basel Convention was first implemented in 1992 in order to protect human health and the environment against adverse effects of hazardous waste. Last year, the Basel Convention published several proposed alterations to the convention itself that would dramatically change how some end-of-life exports are managed, with the changes set to be discussed in a meeting taking place June 6-17, 2022.
Basel Convention Approves E-Scrap Amendments, Further Restricting U.S. E-Scrap Exports
Last year the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and their Disposal published several changes to the convention that would tighten e-scrap export regulations. The meeting took place this past week in Geneva, resulting in approval for e-scrap related changes, and puts further emphasis on the creation and adoption of a sound set of technical guidelines.
California Plans to Ban Gas Powered Vehicles by 2035
In 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom introduced an ambitious plan to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles in California by 2035 in order to address climate change. The plan was initially met with opposition, but has since gained more support and was recently approved by the state. The decision was made Aug. 25 at a meeting in Sacramento when the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to formally adopt the rule.
Challenges of the Right to Repair Movement
The Right to Repair is no longer a small idea but a growing movement sweeping across the tech world. Industry leaders such as Apple, Microsoft and Google have all announced their own versions of repair kits and made adjustments to their repair policies to expand repair options. Apple’s self-repair kits sparked several debates over whether or not the purchase is worth the price and work; and last month the company expanded the self-service repair to include MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks with the M1 family of chips. Some are excited about the addition, but this is an opportunity to point out the many challenges presented by the right to repair.
ESG Reporting in the ITAD Space
The role of traditional ITAD is changing, and one of the new criteria is ESG reporting. With three focus points in regards to how well a company performs with respect to environmental, social and governance issues, ESG represents a significant change in industry standards. By disclosing environmental, social and governance data, companies are able to shed some light on ESG performance and compliance, improve investor transparency, and become more environmentally aware.