Paper Consumption and Environmental Impact in an Emerging Economy
Journal of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Volume 1, Issue 1, December 2016, Pages: 13-18
Received: Oct. 27, 2016; Accepted: Nov. 8, 2016; Published: Dec. 2, 2016
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Mukete Beckline, Department of Forest Management, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China; Community Service for Environmental Protection (COSEP), South West Region, Cameroon
Sun Yujun, Department of Forest Management, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China
Zama Eric, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Monono Samuel Kato, Community Service for Environmental Protection (COSEP), South West Region, Cameroon
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Some 25 years ago, it was thought that the use of paper would decrease with increasing digital technology but it has rather increased through the printing of emails, web pages and reports. In addition, the use of paper for packaging, facial and toilet tissue products as well as newspapers, shows how important paper usage has become. Emerging economies like Cameroon, rely on imported and locally produced paper and paper products with no available paper recycling opportunities leading to significant discernible environmental impacts such as pollution, increased deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions. This study used a life cycle analysis (LCA) to ascertain paper consumption and its ensuing environmental impacts in Buea District of south west Cameroon. It observed that, over 1087919kg of paper are consumed annually. The study concluded that, the digitalization of government and para-public services is necessary to curb this upsurge of paper use as well as reduce the resulting environmental impact.
Environmental Impact, Paper, Recycling, Forests, Buea
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Mukete Beckline, Sun Yujun, Zama Eric, Monono Samuel Kato, Paper Consumption and Environmental Impact in an Emerging Economy, Journal of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering. Vol. 1, No. 1, 2016, pp. 13-18. doi: 10.11648/j.jeece.20160101.12
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