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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1761; doi:10.3390/su9101761

A Governance and Management Framework for Green IT

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Alarcos Research Group, Institute of Technologies and Information Systems, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Paseo de la Universidad, 4, 13071 Ciudad Real, Spain
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Department of Informatics, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Via Edoardo Orabona, 4, 70126 Bari, Italy
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Received: 20 July 2017 / Revised: 21 September 2017 / Accepted: 27 September 2017 / Published: 29 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Collection Advanced IT based Future Sustainable Computing)
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Abstract

In recent years, Green Information Technology (IT) has grown enormously, and has become an increasingly important and essential area, providing multiple benefits to the organizations that focus on it. It is for this reason that there is an increasing number of organizations embracing the idea of Green IT. However, Green IT is a very young field and each organization implements it according to its own criteria. That is why it is extremely important to develop the bases or best practices of governance and management that allow organizations to implement Green IT practices correctly and standardize them. In this article, we propose the “Governance and Management Framework for Green IT”, establishing the characteristics needed to carry out the governance and management of Green IT in an organization, and perform audits in this area. This framework is based on COBIT 5, which is a general framework for the control and audit of different areas related to IT. The results obtained through different validations demonstrate the validity and usefulness of the framework developed in the field of Green IT, providing a complete guide to the organizations in their efforts to implement, control and/or improve the practices of Green IT in their processes and day-to-day operations. View Full-Text
Keywords: governance; management; audit; Green IT; framework governance; management; audit; Green IT; framework
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Patón-Romero, J.D.; Baldassarre, M.T.; Piattini, M.; García Rodríguez de Guzmán, I. A Governance and Management Framework for Green IT. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1761.

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