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Publication type: Conference paper
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: Environmental implications of service life extension of mobile devices
Authors: Jattke, Marleen
Bieser, Jan
Blumer, Yann
Itten, René
Stucki, Matthias
et. al: No
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-20808
Proceedings: WEEE plastic characterization and recyclability assessment : a case study for household appliances
Editors of the parent work: Otto, S. J.
Korf, N.
Mählitz, P. M.
Rotter, V. S.
Pages: 163
Pages to: 170
Conference details: Electronics Goes Green 2020+, Online, 1. September 2020
Issue Date: Sep-2020
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Fraunhofer IZM
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Berlin
ISBN: 978-3-8396-1659-8
Language: English
Subjects: Life cycle assessment; Smartphone; Lifetime extension; Mobile device; Integrated circuit
Subject (DDC): 004: Computer science
333: Economics of land and resources
Abstract: The number of mobile Intemet-enabled devices (MIEDs) is growing. Producing MIEDs requires resources, energy and causes considerable emissions. Extending the service life MIEDs could significantly reduce the demand for new devices and associated environmental impacts. However, whether service life extension actually reduces environmental impacts associated with MIEDs is still uncertain. First, available life cycle assessments of MIEDs suggest that the production of integrated circuits (ICs) accounts for the majority of GHG emissions during the production phase and that greenhouse gas emissions increase with the size of the device and, more importantly, with its storage capacity. However, there is only little information available on MIED specific components such as logic or memory type integrated circuits. In order to quantify environmental impacts of service life extension of MIEDs new approaches for life cycle inventory modelling (e.g. modular modelling) are required. Second, service life-extending measures are subject to rebound effects, which occur if the number of devices being produced does not fall as expected. Such effects depend on consumer behaviour (e.g. re-spending effects) and the rationalities of involved economic actors. Thus, environmental, behavioural and economic aspects have tobe taken into account in order to develop service life extending measures that entail environmental benefits while being both economically viable and appealing to consumers.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Lebensdauerverlängerung für Mobilgeräte
Appears in collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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