ICT devices such as telephones and computers are discarded too quickly.

By throwing it away less quickly, pollution from its production can be reduced by tens of percent.

This was revealed on Friday from a study by the Utrecht Sustainability Institute commissioned by the Amsterdam Economic Board.

In the Netherlands, an estimated 50 million ICT devices are discarded every year.

Every year, 860,000 units are added.

This means that ICT is well on its way to becoming one of the most polluting sectors, writes the institute that works with Utrecht University and TNO.

The production of the devices consumes a lot of energy and is accompanied by pollution.

Global emissions from ICT devices are now estimated at about 3 to 6 percent.

That would already come close to global emissions from the cement industry.

Recent studies also predict that this percentage will increase to 14 in 2040, if the current line is continued.

Most ICT devices currently last three to four years.

By extending this to five to seven years, emissions can be reduced by 50 percent, according to the institute.

In order to achieve this, it is important to consume less and to extend the lifespan.

Reuse is also essential to keep the pollution of the ICT sector under control.

"This offers plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurs to structurally purchase less hardware, and to collect, repair or improve more and bring it back into the Dutch economy", according to the Amsterdam Economic Board.