Electronics sector looks to tackle tensions in a globalising world

Recent EU Directives on waste electronic goods and hazardous substances are leading to tensions with developing countries which export equipment. The global electronics supply chain is now forming an important testing ground for a new initiative on sustainable trade and innovation aimed at overcoming accusations of environmental protectionism. The initiative encapsulates some of the conflicts between governments, set to be played out when trade ministers meet in Cancun, Mexico, on 10-14 September to kick-start the latest round of talks on trade liberalisation.

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