14 THE IMPACT OF HARDWARE

When we think of the green impact of IT we often focus first on emissions, particularly as we know how big server farms need to be. But what about the other hardware we use? The BCS editorial team look at some of the issues.

TOUCHSCREENS

We could start this section off by quoting someone who has said that 2011 was the year of the tablet, but there are so many it’s not worth it. In fact, since Apple’s original iPhone took the world by storm in 2007, anything not touchscreen seems rather old hat and tablets are just the next expression of that development.

So what are the problem parts from a green perspective? Mostly the compounds that appear in all liquid crystal displays: indium(III) oxide (In2O3) and tin(IV) ...

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