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Environmental impact of ICT and implications for e-waste management in Romania

Author(s): Nadia CIOCOIU | Stefan BURCEA | Valentina TARTIU

Journal: Economia : Seria Management
ISSN 1454-0320

Volume: 13;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 348;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: information and communications technology (ICT) | digital economy | environmental impact | waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE | e-waste).

The development of Information and communications technology (ICT), as core of the digital economy, presents contradictory effects on the environment. The paper presents the main perspectives of environmental impact of ICT, especially in relation with waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE, e-waste), as they result from the approaches found in literature and the reports of official international and national bodies. The analysis of impact on environment and e-waste is done on two levels: the impact of ICT sectors and the impact of electronic applications (including the electronic commerce). The article ends with customizing the characteristics of the digital economy in Romania. Particular attention is paid to WEEE generated from the development of the digital economy and the significant challenges which the systems of collection, treatment and disposal must meet the environmental requirements.
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