The Role of Packaging for Sustainable and Green Electronics

Nils F. Nissen, Member, IEEE

Abstract— The electronics industry needs to take a closer look at its contribution to global environmental impacts, in particular to climate changing emissions and achieving carbon neutrality. Packaging technologies and packaging experts have a crucial role to play, even though the highest environmental impacts do not originate from the packaging sector.

 Index Terms— sustainable, green electronics, energy, hybrid electronics, stretchable electronics, 3D printing, additive manufacturing

I.               INTRODUCTION

 Action against climate change is more pressing than ever – and is recognized not only by more political players, but also by industry. The electronics industry has long had the luxury of presenting itself as a clean industry, and as an active part of solving sustainability questions rather than adding to the problems.

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