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Core Working Areas

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StEP’s work is founded on scientific assessments and anticipated business practices. It incorporates a comprehensive view of the social, environmental, and economic aspects of the design, production, usage, and final disposal of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).

StEP takes a pragmatic approach, working in constructive partnerships with all major players from around the world and along the entire life cycle of electrical and electronic equipment.

Further it supports cooperation’s between industrializing and industrialized/post-industrialized countries to identify global solutions.


StEPs work can be clustered in the following four working areas


Overcoming the e-waste problem requires knowledge, leadership and action. By conducting and sharing scientific research, StEP is helping to shape effective policy-making. Research is also key to reducing or replacing resources used in manufacturing. By fostering the generation of problem-solving ideas, StEP supports their implementation and monitors their effects.

Strategy and goal-setting

While the overall goal is the elimination of e-waste as a problem, there are realities to be embraced along the way. Targets, goals and strategies must take into account the varying circumstances of different jurisdictions and markets. StEP constantly analyses current, innovative and exploratory approaches to the problems and opportunities surrounding global e-waste.

Training and development

StEP’s experience in capacity-building work illustrates the initiatives commitment to the development of sustainable, efficient and targeted trainings. StEP facilitates knowledge transfer and enthusiastically supports capacity-building programmes around the globe through the organisation of regular webinars as well as physical training programmes.

Communication and awareness raising

One of StEP’s priorities is to ensure that members, prospective members and legislators are all made aware of the nature and scale of the e-waste problem, its development opportunities and how StEP is contributing to finding solutions. StEP publishes media releases on a regular basis and uses social media to reach a wide public. Further StEP promotes good practices via its website as well as newsletters.