Life-cycle impacts of electronic equipment

A study commissioned by Denmark's environmental protection agency (EPA) has concluded that repairing defective electronic products instead of replacing them is not always the greener option. Flat-screen computer monitors, for example, use less energy than conventional cathode-ray tube screens, so replacing an old PC is rated more environmentally sound than upgrading or repairing it. However, because future models of televisions and mobile phones are likely to use more energy as the number of functions increases, current models of these appliances should be repaired if possible. See project report, English summary, and lifecycle models.

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