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Screening environmental life cycle assessment of printed, internet-based and tablet e-paper newspaper
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment. KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Centres, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Centres, Centre for Sustainable Communications, CESC. STFI Packforsk, POB 5604, SE-11486 Stockholm, Sweden..
STFI Packforsk, POB 5604, SE-11486 Stockholm, Sweden..
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment. KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Centres, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Centres, Centre for Sustainable Communications, CESC.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5600-0726
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Media Technology and Graphic Arts, Media (closed 20111231). KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Centres, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Centres, Centre for Sustainable Communications, CESC.
2007 (English)In: ADVANCES IN PRINTING AND MEDIA TECHNOLOGY, VOL XXXIV / [ed] Enlund, N Lovrecek, M, ACTA GRAPHICA PUBL , 2007, Vol. 34, p. 419-+Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Viable alternatives to conventional newspapers, such as electronic papers, c-papers or e-readers, are intended to have many of the qualities of paper, such as reading using reflective light, high resolution, 180 degrees viewing angle. It has been suggested that the environmental impact of e-paper can be lower than for printed and internet-based newspapers. However, a life cycle perspective covering raw material acquisition, production, use and disposal should preferably be used to study the environmental performance of the different products. In this way any shift of environmental impact from one part of the life cycle to another can be avoided. In the present study a screening life cycle assessment was performed to describe the potential environmental impacts of three product systems; printed, internet-based and tablet e-paper newspapers. Results from the study show that the significant phases of the life cycle differed for the three product systems and that printed and internet-based newspapers with a longer reading time (i.e. 30 minutes/day) had a higher impact than tablet e-papers and internet-based newspapers with a shorter reading time (i.e. 10 minutes/day). Key aspects that may affect the resulting environmental performance of newspaper product systems were identified. These include number of readers per copy of printed and tablet e-paper newspapers; reading time for internet-based newspapers; lifetime of electronic devices and multi-use of electronic devices. It was concluded that tablet e-paper has the potential to decrease the environmental impact of newspaper consumption.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ACTA GRAPHICA PUBL , 2007. Vol. 34, p. 419-+
Series
Advances in Printing Science and Technology
Keywords [en]
E-paper, environment, electronic paper, life cycle assessment, newspaper
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Computer and Information Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-242369ISI: 000267333500048OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-242369DiVA, id: diva2:1286206
Conference
34th International Research Conference of Iarigai/International-Association-of-Research-Organization-for-the-Infor mation-Media-and-Graphic-Arts-Industies, SEP 09-12, 2007, Grenoble, FRANCE
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QC 20190206

Available from: 2019-02-06 Created: 2019-02-06 Last updated: 2019-02-06Bibliographically approved

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