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Computers and the Environment : Understanding and Managing their Impacts - Ruediger Kuehr

Computers and the Environment

Understanding and Managing their Impacts

By: Ruediger Kuehr (Editor), Eric Williams (Editor)

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Published: 31st October 2003
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Personal computers have made life convenient in many ways, but what about their impacts on the environment due to production, use and disposal? Manufacturing computers requires prodigious quantities of fossil fuels, toxic chemicals and water. Rapid improvements in performance mean we often buy a new machine every 1-3 years, which adds up to mountains of waste computers. How should societies respond to manage these environmental impacts?
This volume addresses the environmental impacts and management of computers through a set of analyses on issues ranging from environmental assessment, technologies for recycling, consumer behaviour, strategies of computer manufacturing firms, and government policies. One conclusion is that extending the lifespan of computers (e.g. through reselling) is an environmentally and economically effective strategy that deserves more attention from governments, firms and the general public.

Prefacep. vii
Computers and the Environment--An Introduction To Understanding and Managing their Impactsp. 1
Information Technology Products and the Environmentp. 17
Environmental Impacts in the Production of Personal Computersp. 41
How the European Union's WEEE Directive Will Change the Market for Electronic Equipment--Two Scenariosp. 73
IBM's Environmental Management of Product Aspectsp. 87
Environmental Management at Fujitsu Siemens Computersp. 99
Energy Consumption and Personal Computersp. 131
PCs and Consumers--A Look at Green Demand, Use, and Disposalp. 161
Strategizing the End-of-life Handling of Personal Computers: Resell, Upgrade, Recyclep. 183
Today's Markets for Used PCs--And Ways to Enhance Themp. 197
Recycling Personal Computersp. 211
Operations of a Computer Equipment Resource Recovery Facilityp. 231
Managing PCs through Policy: Review and Ways to Extend Lifespanp. 253
Contributorsp. 279
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9781402016790
ISBN-10: 1402016794
Series: Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 285
Published: 31st October 2003
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 1.31