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EPA National Information Day
21st October 2015
MICROPRO COMPUTERS
 Irish owned SME based in Dublin.
 Designers and manufacturers of eco-friendly
computers
 ISO14001 a...
WHAT WE DO
 Developing eco-friendly
computers since 1991.
 Designed and manufactured
4 eco-computers to date.
 Develope...
- Use low-carbon
materials
- Use reused or
recycled materials
and components
- Design for ease of
access, repair,
upgrade ...
MICROPRO XPC (1999)
 Extension of operational life of hardware via
upgradable chassis with modular interface
design
 Dev...
IAMECO V1 (2003)
 Module in recycled aluminium and wood
 Screen, mouse and keyboard in wood
 Upgradable chassis
 Desig...
IAMECO V3 (2010)
 75% reduction in CO2 emission
 75% reduction in fresh water use
 98% of materials recyclable (by weig...
4TH MODEL – IAMECO D4R LAPTOP (2014)
 Resource efficiency
 Life extension
 Eco-design
 Carbon positive
 Minimise life...
IAMECO TABLET
 We are the sole Irish Partner in the sustainablySMART
Project, funded under the Horizon 2020 Factories of ...
PUZZLEPHONE, FINLAND.
Because we
cannot afford
this waste
anymore.
“This story begins with Apple’s refusal to
fix my iPhon...
FAIRPHONE, THE NETHERLANDS
Building a phone to create a fairer economy
Fairphone is building a movement for fairer
electro...
IFIXIT EUROPE
 Why repair?
 Repair saves you money. It saves the environment. And it
connects us to our things. Ditch th...
DIGITAL FABRICATION
 Setting up of manufacturing facilities, both
locally and in partner regions, making use of
Digital F...
IAMECO
A world where production of
high-tech devices go hand in
hand with environmentally
driven thinking and business
eth...
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Flash presentation given by Anne Galligan, MicroPro Computers, at the 2015 Horizon 2020 SC5 Information Day, 21/10/2015, Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin

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MicroPro Computers – Anne Galligan

  1. 1. EPA National Information Day 21st October 2015
  2. 2. MICROPRO COMPUTERS  Irish owned SME based in Dublin.  Designers and manufacturers of eco-friendly computers  ISO14001 and ISO9001 accredited.  Employing 16 engineering staff  Established in 1991  Computer sales and repair centre Component level repairs
  3. 3. WHAT WE DO  Developing eco-friendly computers since 1991.  Designed and manufactured 4 eco-computers to date.  Developed comprehensive eco-design approach  Developing “cradle to cradle” services for repair, upgrading and take back of PCs  Aiming at global reach
  4. 4. - Use low-carbon materials - Use reused or recycled materials and components - Design for ease of access, repair, upgrade and disassembly - Design for ease of manufacture and reuse - Offer a longer life (e.g. 10 yrs.) Our main eco-design principles:
  5. 5. MICROPRO XPC (1999)  Extension of operational life of hardware via upgradable chassis with modular interface design  Developing the assembly potential of the design to increase recycling and reuse  Improving energy efficiency of conventional models
  6. 6. IAMECO V1 (2003)  Module in recycled aluminium and wood  Screen, mouse and keyboard in wood  Upgradable chassis  Designed for reuse  Modular internal port design  Designed to EU Eco-Label standards
  7. 7. IAMECO V3 (2010)  75% reduction in CO2 emission  75% reduction in fresh water use  98% of materials recyclable (by weight)  Hazardous and non-recyclable materials eliminated  Life extension to 7-10 years  Awarded EU Eco-Label in 2010 – which was a World’s First for integrated desktop computers.
  8. 8. 4TH MODEL – IAMECO D4R LAPTOP (2014)  Resource efficiency  Life extension  Eco-design  Carbon positive  Minimise life-cycle energy  Up-cycling of by-products  Zero waste (especially polluting waste)
  9. 9. IAMECO TABLET  We are the sole Irish Partner in the sustainablySMART Project, funded under the Horizon 2020 Factories of the Future Programme, to design and manufacture a cutting edge computer tablet, manufactured in Ireland and for sale to the world.  The sustainablySMART Consortium of 18 companies and research agencies, led by the Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin, has been awarded €7 million to achieve its ambitious project goals over a 5 year period
  10. 10. PUZZLEPHONE, FINLAND. Because we cannot afford this waste anymore. “This story begins with Apple’s refusal to fix my iPhone 4 faulty home button...” Alejandro Santacreu Youtube video, Jan 14th 2013 H2020 FoF.
  11. 11. FAIRPHONE, THE NETHERLANDS Building a phone to create a fairer economy Fairphone is building a movement for fairer electronics. By making a phone, we’re opening up the supply chain and creating new relationships between people and their products. We’re making a positive impact across the value chain in mining, design, manufacturing and life cycle, while expanding the market for products that put ethical values first. Together with our community, we’re changing the way products are made.
  12. 12. IFIXIT EUROPE  Why repair?  Repair saves you money. It saves the environment. And it connects us to our things. Ditch the throwaway economy. Join the repair revolution.  “There are 5.6 billion adults in the world, and  one day they all should have a cellphone (…) To  make that happen, we’re going to have to make  sure that any phone manufactured today lasts  for 10 years.”  Kyle Wiens, the co-founder of iFixit  New York Times, 2014
  13. 13. DIGITAL FABRICATION  Setting up of manufacturing facilities, both locally and in partner regions, making use of Digital Fabrication, aiming to begin to bring consumer electronics manufacture back to Ireland and to Europe, with consequent benefits to local jobs and skills and inward investment, as well as multiple environmental benefits. 
  14. 14. IAMECO A world where production of high-tech devices go hand in hand with environmentally driven thinking and business ethics.

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