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


  • Nadia CIOCOIU

    () (The Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania)

  • Stefan BURCEA

    (The Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania)

  • Valentina TARTIU

    () (The Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania)


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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  • Nadia CIOCOIU & Stefan BURCEA & Valentina TARTIU, 2010. "Environmental impact of ICT and implications for e-waste management in Romania," Economia. Seria Management, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 13(2), pages 348-360, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:econmn:v:13:y:2010:i:2:p:348-360

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    1. Maria-Loredana POPESCU, 2014. "Waste electrical and electronic equipment management in Romania: harmonizing national environmental law with European legislation," REVISTA ADMINISTRATIE SI MANAGEMENT PUBLIC, Faculty of Administration and Public Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 2014(22), pages 65-72, June.
    2. Sofia-Elena COLESCA & Maria-Loredana POPESCU, 2013. "Managing Waste Electrical And Electronic Equipment In Romania: Comparative Analysis With Other Countries In Europe," Proceedings of the INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 7(1), pages 704-712, November.
    3. Raluca IGNAT, 2012. "Premises and Challenges of Entrepreneurship in Romanian Rural Areas," Economia. Seria Management, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 15(2), pages 423-435, December.

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    information and communications technology (ICT); digital economy; environmental impact; waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE; e-waste).;

    JEL classification:

    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling


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