Bruce P. Mehlman
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Boston Consulting Group projected that by 2003 e-materialization will reduce the demand for paper by 2.7 million tons which would result in 9.1 million tons less of greenhouse gases being emitted into the environment.
By 2008 it estimated that the greenhouse gas savings would double to 18.2 million tons. (p. 33)
Since the paper industry uses the most energy, outside of the petroleum and chemical industries, the reduction has spared 2.5 million tons of solid wastes, saved 67 million BTUs of energy and 24.6 million gallons of polluted water.
In terms of carbon emissions, the reduction in circulation has lead to 7.9 million tons less of greenhouse gases.” (p. 34)
The use of the computer, the Internet and broadband services can facilitate a considerable reduction in the use of office paper.
For example, if the average worker generates just 5 fewer pages per year, 21 million trees would be saved,132 18 million fewer gallons of water would be polluted, 35 million BTUs of energy would be conserved and 2.9 million tons of greenhouse gases would not be released into the atmosphere. (p. 35)
The greatest effect of dematerialization is a reduction in the use of paper, and specifically a reduction in U.S. mail.
Between 2002 and 2006, first class mail declined from 103.5 billion pieces to 97.6 billion pieces, a total decline of 5.9 billions pieces. The effects of this reduction include: a reduction in 184 thousand tons of paper. This means that about 4.4 million trees are saved and 608,000 cubic feet of landfill were spared in 2006, compared to 2000 levels. The reduction in mail also reduces the amount of polluted water by 3.8 million gallons, solid wastes by 240,000 tons and electricity by 7.4 million BTUs. The greenhouse gas saved from the atmosphere (in terms of CO2 equivalence) is 610, 000 tons. (p. 31-32)
The net greenhouse gases that are now being saved due to the decline in postal volume is equal to 1.4 million tons of greenhouse gas. (p. 32)