Kim Claes
9 december 2019 @ 09:00 – 17:00
Het Pand
Onderbergen 1
9000 Gent

9th of December 2019 – Ghent, Belgium

The production of ICT devices such as smartphones, computers and laptops has a huge impact on environment, climate change and working conditions in Europe and in the Global South. Electronics have long and complex supply chains, involving multiple risks from raw materials extraction, manufacture, transport, use and e-waste.
Despite the complexity, a conscious procurement and use policy can be an important lever for a fairer ICT chain and a more circular lifecycle of ICT hardware. In this conference we will consider the possibilities for procurers, IT professionals to take tangible steps to develop sustainable ICT procurement and reuse policies in Flanders. European pioneers will present their good examples. This is the moment to get inspired!

The conference is an initiative of the project Fair ICT Flanders.  This project aims at improving the sustainability of ICT procurement and reuse policies in Flanders. With the support of the Flemish Government, the European Union, the City of Ghent and the University of Ghent.


09:00 – 09:30: Coffee & Registration
09:30 – 09:45: Welcome by Mrs. Sofie Bracke (Deputy Mayor of Economy, Trade, Sports and the Port – City of Ghent) and  Mr. Jeroen Vanden Berghe, Chief Logistics Administrator University of Ghent)
09:45 – 10:00: Introduction on Fair & Circular ICT – Fair ICT Flanders
10:00 – 11:00: Keynote Presentations:  Fair & circular ICT procurement & the role of monitoring systems and certification mechanisms of the ICT supply chain. 

  • Kim Thi Thu Ha – Managing Director, Center For Development And Integration (CDI) Vietnam
  • Peter Pawlicki – Director of Outreach and Education, Electronics Watch
  • Sören Enholm – CEO, TCO Development
  • Laura Gerritsen -Head of Value Chain, Fairphone

11:00 – 12:00:  Panel Discussion (based on questions of audience – Moderator: Boris Verbrugge): The relevance of certification and monitoring of the ICT supply chain.  Possibilities and limitations
12:00 – 13:15:  Lunch
13:30 – 14:30: Keynote Presentations on pilots and good examples of circular and fair procurement in the EU

  • John Watt – Officer, Sustainable Economy and Procurement, ICLEI:  ICT procurement pilots: good examples in the EU.
  • Thomas van den Hoff – Project Manager, the Municipality of Haarlem: Fair & Circular ICT for the Municipality of Haarlem
  • Kathleen McCaughey – Manager Sustainable Supply Chains, Region Stockholm:  Social sustainable supply chains
  • Charlotte Dewilde – Project Manager Circular Economy, Bond Beter Leefmilieu: good example of a circular tender

14:45 – 16:00: Parallel Discussion tables on fair ICT and possibilities for a circular  lifecycle of ICT (facilitated by keynote speakers & experts)

  1. Fair ICT: Sustainability aspects in public procurement of ICT – facilitator: Peter Pawlicki – Electronics Watch
  2. Tracking the supply chain of ICT: what about the metals & mining? – facilitators: Alberto Vazquez & Charlotte Christiaens – CATAPA
  3. Circular ICT: circular procurement strategies – facilitators: Melody Van den Acker (Project Manager Circular Procurement at Circular Flanders) & Charlotte Dewilde (Project Manager Circular Economy – Bond Beter Leefmilieu)
  4. Juridical issues to purchase ICT on a Fair & circular way – facilitator: Alexander Lemmens (Legal expert  – Agency for Facility Management – Government of Flanders)
  5. ‘Beyond Procurement’ – facilitator: Boris Verbrugge (Senior Research associate  HIVA (KU Leuven)

16:00- 16:30: Concluding remarks
16:30 – 17:00: Closing Reception

The Flemish Government cannot be held responsible for the content of this conference. 
This event is organised with the financial assistance of the European Union. 
The contents of this event are the sole responsibility of the organisers 
and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.


Fair ICT Flanders will contact you later to select your preferable parallel discussion table.

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