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Lifetime extension of mobile internet-enabled devices: measures, challenges and environmental implications

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dc.contributor.author Bieser, Jan
dc.contributor.author Burkhalter, Linda
dc.contributor.author Hilty, Lorenz M.
dc.contributor.author Fuchs, Basil
dc.contributor.author Blum, Yann
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-14T13:19:07Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-14T13:19:07Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10165
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Increasing the service lifetime of mobile Internet-enabled devices (MIEDs) such as smartphones, tablets and laptops is a promising strategy to reduce the number of devices that need to be produced and reduce environmental impacts associated with device production. A broad spectrum of lifetime-extending measures has been explored in literature and in industry practice. In this article, we present an overview of explored measures, discuss challenges in their implementation and environmental impacts of lifetime extension. We find that measures can be distinguished into measures aiming at (1) the improvement of the device design (e.g. modular or durable design of smartphones), (2) device retention (increasing the time a user keeps a device, e.g. by offering repair services or fostering emotional attachment to devices), and (3) recirculation (creating a second life with a different user and/or in a different context, e.g. by refurbishing and reselling devices). The implementation of measures is challenged by trade-offs faced by organizations in the MIED value chain, which specifically occur when revenues depend on the number of new devices produced and sold. Furthermore, measures are subject to rebound and induction effects (e.g. imperfect substitution, re-spending effects), which can compensate for the (theoretical) environmental gains from service lifetime extension. In particular, it is uncertain to what extent a measure actually leads to lifetime extension and eventually reduces primary production of devices (displacement rate). Thus, more systematic research is needed on the feasibility of measures and the conditions under which they effectively contribute to a net reduction of environmental impacts. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 4th PLATE Virtual Conference; Limerick, Ireland - 26-28 May 2021
dc.subject ICT en_US
dc.subject service lifetime en_US
dc.subject extension en_US
dc.subject end-user device en_US
dc.subject environment en_US
dc.title Lifetime extension of mobile internet-enabled devices: measures, challenges and environmental implications en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.31880/10344/10165
dc.contributor.sponsor Swiss National Science Foundation
dc.relation.projectid 407340_185630
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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