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Paper and electronic media as presentation media: A comparison from the environmental point of view

This report compares paper and electronic media as presentation media from an environmental perspective, and analyzes the comparison results. CO2 emissions are compared between when using paper and electronic media for reading and reference. In the case of reading for hours and sharing documents in a small meeting, CO2 emissions tend to be lower when using paper instead of electronic media. This report also introduces experiments that compared the efficiency of using paper with that of using electronic media for reading-related tasks. Work efficiency is 6 to 25% higher when using paper instead of electronic media in the following cases: proofreading requiring the understanding of context, going back and forth through pages, and reading multiple documents at the same time for reference. With these analyses, this report explains the need for appropriately choosing paper or electronic media depending on the situation.

Hirohito Shibata Research & Technology Group,
System Technology Laboratory
Kengo Omura Research & Technology Group,
System Technology Laboratory

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