Information Technology and Sustainability

Information Technology and Sustainability

Essays on the Relationship between Information Technology and Sustainable Development

Lorenz M. Hilty


180 Seiten

ISBN-13: 9783837019704

Verlag: Books on Demand

Erscheinungsdatum: 09.06.2008

Sprache: Englisch

Farbe: Nein

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Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are contributing both to environmental problems and to their solution. Will ICT producers, users and recyclers be the major polluters of tomorrow, or will 'Green IT' and a dematerialized information society save the climate? This book provides an in-depth analysis of the relationship between ICT and sustainable development, culminating in 15 recommendations – to producers, users and political decision makers – which show the way to a sustainable information society.

Keywords: Information Technology, Environment, Sustainable Development, Environmental Informatics, Green IT, Green Computing, Data Centers, Energy Efficiency, Resource Productivity, Dematerialization, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), E-waste, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), Recycling, Technological Complexity, Critical Information Infrastructure, Open Standards, Rebound Effect.
Lorenz M. Hilty

Lorenz M. Hilty

Dr. Lorenz M. Hilty, born 1959 in St.Gallen, Switzerland, is Head of the Technology and Society Lab at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research, and teaches 'Computers and Society' at the University of Zurich. Ecological and social aspects of ICT have been the focus of his research for two decades. He is the author of more than 100 scientific publications publications in the field, see

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