The Economic Cost and Environmental Effects of Paper Consumption and Computers Usage

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  • Yousef Abdel Latif Abdel Jawad Al-Quds Open University
  • Shaker Zabada An-Najah National University
  • Issam Ayyash Palestine technical University


The study is aimed at investigating the environmental and economic impacts of paper consumption and computers used in the banking sector operating in Palestine. The descriptive and quantitative method has been used, and the data was annual covering the period 2016-2018. The study has found out that the total cost of using paper in banks operating in Palestine was about 3.24 million dollars since the banks consume about 658.4 tons of paper as it is necessary to produce this amount of paper to about 16 thousand pine trees, 25 million btus of energy, and 13.5 million gallons. As for the total costs of using computers in the banks operating in Palestine, they amounted to about 7.6 million US dollars, and about 122 tons of different minerals and materials are required to manufacture computers in the banks in Palestine. About 1.52 GW per year is required to operate all computers, which causes the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to the consumption of 2495 barrels of oil.Keywords: Environmental effects, Environmental costs, Paper consumption, Paper usage, Environmental Economics.JEL Classifications: B41, Q51, P18.DOI:


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Yousef Abdel Latif Abdel Jawad, Al-Quds Open University

Mr. Abdel- Jawad is a researcher and lecturer at Al- Quds Open University, and a math teacher at Deir Ballout Boys Secondary School in Palestine, and he previously worked for the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) as a statistical assistant. He received his master's degree in Management of Economic Policy from An- Najah National University in Palestine in 2018. He received his bachelor's degree in Mathematics Applied to Economics from Birzeit University in Palestine in 2012.


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Abdel Jawad, Y. A. L., Zabada, S., & Ayyash, I. (2020). The Economic Cost and Environmental Effects of Paper Consumption and Computers Usage. International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, 11(1), 302–307. Retrieved from