ICT for Environmental Sustainability: Green ICT Roadmap

Jussi Ahola, Toni Ahlqvist, Miikka Ermes, Jouko Myllyoja, Juha Savola

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    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 networks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Number of pages57
    ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-7575-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Tiedotteita - Research Notes
    Number2532
    ISSN1235-0605

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    Keywords

    • sustainable ICT
    • green ICT
    • green IT
    • sustainable consumption
    • smart energy
    • smart buildings
    • lifecycle efficient production
    • sustainable manufacturing
    • adaptive networks
    • optimised networks
    • environmental sustainability
    • sustainable development
    • roadmap

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    Ahola, J., Ahlqvist, T., Ermes, M., Myllyoja, J., & Savola, J. (2010). ICT for Environmental Sustainability: Green ICT Roadmap. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT Tiedotteita - Research Notes, No. 2532 http://www.vtt.fi/inf/pdf/tiedotteet/2010/T2532.pdf