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Quantifying the conservation value of independent, place-based repair: a case study of an electronics repair cluster in Lima, Peru

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dc.contributor.author Lepawsky, Josh
dc.contributor.author Cáceres, Kathia
dc.contributor.author Gusukuma, Marco
dc.contributor.author Kahhat, Ramzy
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-17T11:21:25Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-17T11:21:25Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10224
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Repair and maintenance of consumer electronics can conserve the materials and energy they embody. Independent or third-party businesses are important sites of such repair and maintenance activity. While the value of such businesses is sometimes captured in official socioeconomic statistics (e.g., employment; tax revenues; contribution to GDP), little attention has been paid to their role in the conservation of resources. In this paper we examine the conservation value of a cluster of independent third-party electronics repair businesses in Lima, Peru. Using life cycle assessment (LCA) of phones and tablets we quantify the conservation value of this cluster in terms of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) and water consumption relative to new manufactures of the same categories of electronics. We then discuss the politics of attributing the conservation value achieved by the third-party repair cluster in Lima to either domestic (that is, Peruvian) or foreign CO2e . Whose conservation of CO2e is this? How do the answers to that question shape understandings of the relevance of location for industrial ecology? Our work contributes to the broader field of spatially explicit LCAs and their incorporation into the emerging subfield of political industrial ecology. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 4th PLATE 2021 Virtual Conference, 26-28 May 2021;
dc.subject electronics en_US
dc.subject ICT en_US
dc.subject LCA en_US
dc.subject maintenance en_US
dc.subject repair en_US
dc.title Quantifying the conservation value of independent, place-based repair: a case study of an electronics repair cluster in Lima, Peru en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.31880/10344/10224
dc.contributor.sponsor Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council en_US
dc.relation.projectid 435-2018-0846 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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