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ICT for environmental sustainability. Green ICT roadmap

Technical Report:

Abstract

This report presents a VTT roadmap on ICT for environmental sustainability, based on the assessments and evaluations made by VTT technology experts. We adopt a broad and systemic view to the issue; in other words, we believe that ICT's effectiveness depends on mutual understanding and changing the system level activities, i.e. the complex web of behaviour of people, institutions, organisations and political jurisdictions, like nation-states. We use the term ICT for environmental sustainability or environmentally sustainable ICT, instead of green ICT, and defined it as: The optimal use of ICT for managing the environmental sustainability of societal activities. The roadmap is divided into three themes. Empowering people means using ICT to raise people's awareness of the environmental impact of their actions and to channel their behaviour in a more environmentally-friendly direction. Extending natural resources involves reducing the use of diverse environmentally unsustainable resources through ICT-based solutions. Optimising systems refers to minimising the environmental load of diverse systems by optimising their operation. As a synthesis, we identified four focal topics within the roadmap themes that are most promising for further investigation. These are: (1) environmentally sustainable consumption, (2) smart energy and buildings, (3) lifecycle efficient production, and (4) optimised and adaptive  More>>
Publication Date:
Mar 15, 2010
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
VTT-TIED-2532
Resource Relation:
Other Information: 20 refs.
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; COMPUTERS; COMMUNICATIONS; COMPUTER NETWORKS; PRODUCTION; OPTIMIZATION; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
OSTI ID:
1010377
Research Organizations:
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo (Finland)
Country of Origin:
Finland
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISBN 978-951-38-7575-6; TRN: FI1103036
Availability:
Available at http://www.vtt.fi/inf/pdf/tiedotteet/2010/T2532.pdf
Submitting Site:
FI
Size:
51 p. pages
Announcement Date:
Apr 04, 2011

Technical Report:

Citation Formats

Ahola, J, Ahlqvist, T, Ermes, M, Myllyoja, J, and Savola, J. ICT for environmental sustainability. Green ICT roadmap. Finland: N. p., 2010. Web.
Ahola, J, Ahlqvist, T, Ermes, M, Myllyoja, J, & Savola, J. ICT for environmental sustainability. Green ICT roadmap. Finland.
Ahola, J, Ahlqvist, T, Ermes, M, Myllyoja, J, and Savola, J. 2010. "ICT for environmental sustainability. Green ICT roadmap." Finland.
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