Spatial Environmental Balance to Information and Communication Technology products in different regions of China by using LCA

Abstract : Information & Communication Technology (ICT) industry meets great expansion in China, in production as in diffusion, as the derived environmental impact becomes an increasing key issue in concern of Chinese policy makers. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is widely used tool for measuring ICT products' environmental impact then for estimating relative legislative measures' efficiency. Consider the vast territory with highly centralized of power in China, this paper introduces the geographical factor into the study on the environmental impact according to different categories of ICT product. From this article, the geographically unbalanced development of ICT industry together with disproportional distribution of energy consumption over different phases of ICT products' life cycle may eventually contributes to the inconsistent results on environmental benefits or loss in different regions, according to the concept of LCA. In ignoring the fact that environmental balance varies from one region to another, according to the product's category and how the LCA result is distributed over different phases of life cycle, there could be eventual inefficiency of China's environmental policy-making in subject of ICT industry's environmental impact for the past, today and tomorrow.
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Huang Daiyue, Liu Chao, Gilles Puel. Spatial Environmental Balance to Information and Communication Technology products in different regions of China by using LCA. Journal of Cleaner Production, Elsevier, 2015, 91, pp.128-135. ⟨10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.11.025⟩. ⟨halshs-01294249⟩

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