iNEMI Early Registration Deadline is Approaching for the Symposium on Global ICT Environmental Initiatives

HERNDON, VIRGINIA (September 2, 2009) — Anyone planning to participate in the Symposium on Global ICT* Environmental Initiatives can take advantage of the discounted registration fee through September 11.  The event, sponsored by iNEMI (International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative) and Intel Corporation, is scheduled for 27-28 October in Brussels.

Keynote speakers for the symposium are Don Whiteside, Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs and Director, Global Public Policy for Intel, and a representative from Nokia.  Other speakers include:

  • Alcatel-Lucent:  Arjen Salemink, Product Environmental Affairs Manager
  • European Commission:  Eric Liégeois, Policy Officer, DG Enterprise and Industry
  • Hewlett-Packard GmbH:  Ferdinand Hermann, Environmental Regulations and Standards Manager, Environmental Business Management Organisation EMEA
  • TECHNOLAM GmbH/Nan Ya Plastics:  Volker Klafki, Product Application Manager
This symposium will address ongoing issues related to “low-halogen” electronics, as defined by the elimination of brominated flame retardants (BFRs), chlorinated flame retardants (CFRs) and PVC from electronic products (BFRs/CFRs/PVC below 900ppm).  Discussions will include the impact these changes are expected to have on the electronics manufacturing supply chain, including material availability, cost and reliability.  The agenda will also cover such topics as the lead-free transition, lifecycle assessment for ICT equipment, and carbon footprinting.

The registration fee for participants who sign up by 11 September is 400 USD (~285€), payable by credit card or wire transfer.  After 11 September, the fee is increased to 500 USD  (~355€).  The symposium will be held at Le Méridien Brussels (Carrefour de l'Europe 3, located across the street from Central Station).  Rooms are available for meeting participants at a special rate of 199€ per night for reservations made before 24 October.

About iNEMI
The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative’s mission is to identify and close technology gaps.  This industry-led consortium is made up of more than 65 manufacturers, suppliers, industry associations and consortia, government agencies and universities.  iNEMI roadmaps the needs of the electronics industry, identifies gaps in the technology infrastructure, establishes implementation projects to eliminate these gaps (both business and technical), and stimulates standards activities to speed the introduction of new technologies.  iNEMI is based in Herndon, Virginia (near Washington, D.C.), with regional offices in Shanghai, China and Limerick, Ireland.  For additional information about iNEMI, visit
* ICT = information and communication technology

For further information

EUROPE:  Grace O’Malley, iNEMI
+353 87 9040 363

US: Cynthia Williams, iNEMI
+1 207-871-1260