R2 Solutions, Boulder, Colo., a nonprofit organization established to house the R2 (Responsible Recycling Practices) standard, has added Katharina Kummer Peiry to its board of directors. Kummer Peiry has 25 years of experience in international environmental policy with a focus on environmentally sound waste and materials management.
Kummer Peiry is the principal and owner of the Swiss firm Kummer EcoConsult, which provides analytical and advisory services relating to international environmental law and policy. She also is a visiting fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Previously, she served for five years as the executive secretary of the Basel Convention.
"We are extremely excited that Dr. Kummer Peiry is joining the R2 Solutions board of directors," says John Lingelbach, R2 Solutions executive director. "She brings a wealth of knowledge regarding international law and policy as it relates to EOL (end-of-life) electronic equipment; her participation will be invaluable.”
Lingelback contines, “Furthermore, her addition is a strong statement of R2's commitment to promoting responsible recycling globally.
The company adds that Kummer Peiry will be the first board member based outside the United States.
"I very much look forward to this opportunity," says Kummer Peiry, "R2 Solutions' work makes an important contribution to environmentally sound electronics recycling, a key challenge facing the world today. I look forward to assisting with its efforts around the globe."
Other members of R2 Solutions’ board of directors include Brenda Pulley of Keep America Beautiful; John Howard of Dell; Clare Lindsay formerly of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Lynn Rubinstein of the Northeast Recycling Council; Robin Wiener of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries; Rick Goss of the Information Technology Industry Council; and Lingelbach.
The organization’s goals include:
- Assuring open, transparent and balanced governance of the R2 Standard;
- Providing education about responsible recycling practices;
- Promoting the use of the R2 standard; and
- Exploring opportunities for collaboration in furtherance of responsible electronics recycling globally.