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  • Ahmed Saleh

CST and ITU collaborate on innovative Electronic Waste Management Regulations initiative

Riyadh, October 11, 2023, The Communication, Space, and Technology Commission (CST) has unveiled its groundbreaking "Development of Electronic Waste Management Regulations" initiative, marking a significant collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

This visionary initiative is poised to serve as the cornerstone for the establishment of comprehensive regulations and standards designed to curb the mounting global electronic waste crisis, which currently stands at a staggering 54 million tons annually. Shockingly, a mere 17% of this colossal electronic waste is recycled, contributing to a significant reduction in carbon emissions by a commendable 15 metric tons.

On a pilot basis, these pioneering regulations will be implemented in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Paraguay, heralding a promising step towards a more sustainable approach to electronic waste management on an international scale.

This strategic initiative aligns perfectly with the Kingdom's unwavering commitment to spearhead worldwide endeavors in the realm of digital sustainability. It will further expedite the transition to eco-friendly practices by introducing regulations that fortify the circular economy and introduce innovative solutions for the reduction of electronic waste. This, in turn, lays the foundation for a sustainable digital future.

Notably, this initiative is a tangible outcome of the landmark agreement reached by the CST and ITU back in June. The agreement aimed to develop and enforce regulations that promote the principles of a circular economy. It is crucial to mention that this agreement was forged during the global symposium of telecommunication regulators, which took place in Sharm El-Sheik, as a prelude to the forthcoming participation in COP28.

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