Service Lifetime and Disposal Pathways of Business Devices

Thiebaud, Esther; Brechbühler Peskova, Marie; Hilty, Lorenz; Schluep, Mathias; Faulstich, Martin (2016). Service Lifetime and Disposal Pathways of Business Devices In: 2016 Electronics Goes Green 2016+ (EGG 2016) (pp. 303-311). Fraunhofer IZM: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( IEEE )

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Product lifetimes and disposal pathways are essential aspects of dynamic material flow analyses(MFAs), which have often been used to model stocks and flows of electronic devices and the resourcesthey contain. Existing studies mainly focus on the use and disposal of electronic devices by privateconsumers. The specific handling of business devices has rarely been assessed. This article presents theresults of a study conducted in Switzerland in 2015, comprising interviews with 28 companies. Devicesincluded are desktop and laptop and computers, mobile phones, monitors, televisions, external hard diskdrives and servers. Results are compared to data collected from Swiss private consumers. The servicelifetime and disposal pathways are fed into a dynamic MFA model to cal-culate the stocks and flows ofbusiness devices. With the example of indium, neodymium and gold, the material resources contained inthese stocks and flows are illustrated.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

Business School > Institute for Sustainable Business > Circular Economy
Business School

Name:

Thiebaud, Esther;
Brechbühler Peskova, Marie;
Hilty, Lorenz;
Schluep, Mathias and
Faulstich, Martin

ISBN:

9781509052080

Publisher:

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( IEEE )

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Date Deposited:

17 Sep 2019 11:52

Last Modified:

20 Oct 2021 10:44

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.7712

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/7712

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