A critical analysis of the legal framework (ACT 917) for sound e-waste management in Ghana

Authors: Martin Oteng-Ababio*, University of Ghana, Maja van der Velden, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Mark Taylor, Fafo Research Foundation, Oslo
Topics: Economic Geography, Human-Environment Geography, Marketing Geography
Keywords: e-waste management; e-waste legislation; environmental impact; policy coherence; sustainability
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: 8223, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART) is a Horizon2020-financed research project that seeks to advance understanding on how non-development policies and regulations reinforce or undermine development policies. The project studies the barriers and drivers for market actors' contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals within planetary boundaries, with the aim of achieving policy coherence for development. It further analyses the regulatory complexity within which European market actors, both the private sector and the public sector in its many market roles with a focus especially on international supply chains of products sold in Europe. Ghana, with about 27.5 million people but 38 million mobile phone subscriptions and being in the top position in Africa in terms of average download speed is facing a great challenge in the sustainable management of electronic-waste, generated mainly through its international trade. This comes against the backdrop that e-waste material composition is both valuable and a health hazard. Against this background, the Government of Ghana passed the Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control and Management Act (Act 917) and the Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control and Management Regulations (LI 2250) in 2016 to implement the sound, sustainable and environmentally friendly management of WEEE in the country. Based on customs data and key informant interviews, our paper examines the status-quo of WEEE generation, management policies and systematically assesses the feasibility and policy coherence of the Ghanaian e-waste management law while emphasizing the key issues of future initiatives.

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