Chapter 4

The Law of Green IT

Eva Julia Lohse    Erlangen-Nürnberg University, Erlangen, Germany

Abstract

Although a “green” approach to computing has been seen as voluntary for a long time, there are—mainly on the EU level— various legal instruments in respect to an Integrated Product Policy that also concern Green IT. The two main instruments are the Ecodesign Directive, which sets up requirements for the design, manufacturing, and sale of energy-related products, and Directives on Ecolabeling, which recur to market mechanisms and consumer decisions, as well as the possibility of using eco-criteria in public procurement. The article explores these different legal approaches against the background of sustainable development and demands a ...

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