The Environmental Impact of Audio Visual Technology

Audio visual (AV) technology significantly impacts the environment, primarily through energy consumption, electronic waste (e-waste), and resource use. AV equipment, such as projectors, displays, and audio systems, consumes considerable amounts of electricity, contributing to carbon emissions. The manufacturing process of these devices also involves the extraction and use of raw materials, including rare earth metals, which can lead to habitat destruction and pollution. Additionally, the short lifecycle of many AV products results in a substantial amount of e-waste, which often ends up in landfills. E-waste contains hazardous substances like lead, mercury, and cadmium that can leach into the soil and water, posing serious environmental and health risks.