CARE Electronics (CARE means Comprehensive Approach for the Resource- and Energy-efficiency) is a voluntary, international and environmental R&D network within the EUREKA framework.


The strategic goal of CARE Electronics is the stimulation of environmental projects among the partners. At the moment approximately 60 organisations are supporting this umbrella among them are 3M, IBM, Fujitsu Services, Motorola, NOKIA, Philips, Siemens, SONY, ...


CARE Electronics has set itself the goal to promote recycling, re-use and the whole environmental performance of electronic products. It aims at taking the whole life cycle of the product into consideration and to establish a distributed standardised system for information exchange between producers, distributors, resellers and all possible other participants in the life cycle of electronic products.


CARE Electronics:

  • Forecasts products, technologies, services & societal expectations,
  • Identifies & researches strategic issues,
  • Provides a platform for dialogue with government, business, academia & society, 
  • Initiates and supports a series of projects which deliver sustainable solutions.


CARE Electronics projects focus on the following main areas:

  • Eco-design of new products,
  • Sustainable Services,
  • Dematerialisation, 
  • Life cycle assessment and costing,
  • Eco-efficient materials, 
  • Reverse logistics and take-back systems, 
  • Multi-life-cycle technologies,
  • End-of-life management,
  • Work and socio-economic aspects.


The list of main areas can be adapted to results achieved and the work done in the umbrella.


The supportive measures will incorporate investigation of market issues and public behaviour as well as promotion and standardisation of the results of the projects.

Summarising the stimulation of environmental projects among electronic producers, recycling companies, logistic business, special mechanical engineering companies, research institutes and chemical and financial industry is the major objective.