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He is Civil Engineer and he holds MSc in Construction Management and a MSc in Environmental Management. Read more D-Waste Experts Ranjith Annepu worked as a consultant for the World Bank and is the Coordinator of the Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council (WTERT) - India at Columbia University. Read more D-Waste Experts Nikos Gargoulas holds a Master Degree(M.
Eng.) in Environmental Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, USA and a Bachelor’s Degree (B.
Alexandros Mavropoulos, D-Waste's Expert, during his speech on Green Tech Forum 2012, which was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, focused on the need of a global approach and solution for e-waste management. Mavropoulos mentioned that as there are global production and consumption patterns and waste streams, such as e-waste, that are transported illegally all over the world it is irrational to try to handle waste management as something local. Mavropoulos mentioned that waste management is an underestimated issue that must be included in the political agendas of governments and international organizations, since problems seems to worsen.
More specifically, the current annual MSW generation is estimated between 1.6 and 2.0 billion tons with the estimation for 2050 to be up to 4.2 billion tons, an estimation that will come true unless we change the way we manufacture products and the way we consume and generate waste. Mavropoulos mentioned that the current annual e-waste generation is estimated between 20 and 50 million tons, an amount that is expected to increase significantly during the next years, since electrical and electronic manufacturing sector is the fastest growing in the developed world.
Such actions include: tackle of waste trafficking, measures to be taken by countries that import e-waste and by countries that export e-waste.