Climate Change Impact of Electronic Media Solutions: Case Study of the Tablet Edition of a Magazine
2013 (English)In: ICT4S 2013: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability, ETH Zurich, February 14-16, 2013, ETH, Zurich, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
Shifts from print media to electronic media may be regarded as apossibility for promoting sustainability. However, the benefits ofelectronic media are not unquestioned. Previous studies on theenvironmental impacts of print and electronic media have shownthat there is no easy answer. Contributing to this field of research,the present study sought to assess the climate change impact ofthe tablet edition of a magazine using a life cycle perspective.Results showed that with few readers the emerging tablet versionhad a higher potential climate change impact per reader than themature tablet version, although the latter had a substantiallylonger reading time per copy. The contribution of contentproduction, electronic distribution, reading on tablet and wastetreatment of tablet to the impact was analysed. The sensitivityanalysis of electricity mix indicated that this was an importantfactor that clearly influenced the overall results.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ETH, Zurich, 2013.
Climate change, carbon footprint, information and communications technology (ICT), electronic media, industrial ecology, life cycle assessment (LCA), technology and environment, media, print, magazines
Other Environmental Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-104743OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-104743DiVA: diva2:566873
First International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability (ICT4S 2013)
QC 201308142012-11-092012-11-092013-08-14Bibliographically approved