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The Next Big Thing?

Trends Shaping Nordic Innovation

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Waste of electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) contains both hazardous and valuable materials. The European directive on WEEE gives producers and importers of EEE the responsibility to collect and treat WEEE. In order to evaluate the effectively of collecting schemes, it is necessary to know the quantity of WEEE generated. The purpose for this project has been to establish a method to measure amount of WEEE generated. It has also been developed a practical Excel model to demonstrate the method. The model is based on amount of EEE supplied to the market and the lifetimes of the products. The report describes in detail the development work and shows examples of calculation. The Excel model is available for documentation and demonstration, together with a user guidance. The project joint venture and Nordisk Council of Minister disclaim responsibility for how users might use the tool and its results.

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The Next Big Thing? Future Trends Shaping Nordic Innovation is not a crystal ball revealing all that we can expect to happen during the next five to ten years and beyond. It is more of a description of some of the important driving forces and developments which are likely to shape events both globally and in the Nordic region. The array of driving forces highlighted here is by no means exhaustive. The article could equally well have focused on critical technologies such as cloud computing or the role of Soverign Wealth Funds in the fields of global investment and competition.

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