Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science

Computers and the Environment: Understanding and Managing their Impacts

Editors: Kuehr, R., Williams, Eric (Eds.)

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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.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Computers and the Environment—An Introduction to Understanding and Managing their Impacts

    Kuehr, Ruediger (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • Information Technology Products and the Environment

    Matthews, H. Scott (et al.)

    Pages 17-39

  • Environmental Impacts in the Production of Personal Computers

    Williams, Eric

    Pages 41-72

  • How the European Union’s Weee Directive will Change the Market for Electronic Equipment—Two Scenarios

    Hieronymi, Klaus (et al.)

    Pages 73-86

  • IBM’s Environmental Management of Product Aspects

    Höhn, Reinhard (et al.)

    Pages 87-98

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Softcover $79.95
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  • ISBN 978-1-4020-1680-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Computers and the Environment: Understanding and Managing their Impacts
Editors
  • R. Kuehr
  • Eric Williams
Series Title
Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science
Series Volume
14
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-010-0033-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-010-0033-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1679-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1680-6
Series ISSN
1389-6970
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 285
Topics