Port of Antwerp proudly announced last May that the Saudi company Energy Recovery Systems (ERS) will invest 3.7 billion euros (roughly U.S. $4 billion) in a green project at one of its docks. While the project is lauded as 40 percent more energy-efficient than a classical waste incinerator, doubts about how green the project actually is have quickly developed.
Only about 20 % of Americans recycle their e-waste: to safely dismantle electrical gadgets is a time-consuming task. Thus, much of the e-waste ends up being dumped in developing countries, without much reflection on the environmental consequences.
In this WRF-series, Studentreporters are catching conference attendees during coffee break to ask them about what they do and who they are. This time: Dr. Lakshimi Raghupathy from India.