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X-free mobile electronics - Strategy for sustainable development

: Mueller, J.; Griese, H.; Hagelüken, M.; Middendorf, A.; Reichl, H.


IEEE Computer Society, Technical Committee on Electronics and the Environment; International Association of Electronics Recyclers -IAER-:
IEEE International Symposium on Electronics & the Environment 2003. Conference record : May 19 - 22, 2003, 2003, Boston, MA, USA; held in conjunction with the 4th Electronics Recycling Summit
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Operations Center, 2003
ISBN: 0-7803-7743-5
International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment (ISEE) <11, 2003, Boston/Mass.>
Fraunhofer IZM ()

Worldwide information exchange and availability, communication without limits will become basic needs of future generations. The information and communication technologies do not only serve for realizations of these aims they also have a high potential to contribute to a sustainable development. Though, there are critical ecological, social, economic and cultural trends which cannot be ignored and which may cause adverse effects on sustainability. In this paper the ecological dimension of sustainability will be particularly considered. The vision of sustainable mobile products should be based on closed product and material loops without emission of pollutants. Important steps for transition from today's to sustainable products are described in this context.