Special Issue "Advanced Green Information and Communication Technology"

A special issue of Technologies (ISSN 2227-7080). This special issue belongs to the section "Information and Communication Technologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Stefan Naumann

Institute for Software Systems, Trier University of Applied Sciences, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, Birkenfeld, Germany
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Interests: green IT; green software engineering; sustainable information society
Guest Editor
Ms. Eva Kern

Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Lüneburg, Germany
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Interests: green IT; green software engineering; user’s perspective on sustainable software

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Information and communication technologies (ICT) are growing rapidly. Consequently, the emissions caused by the usage of ICT increase significantly, and more and more hardware is produced and has to be disposed of after its life time. On the other hand, ICT can innovatively contribute to solve environmental problems in branches such as automotive, production, logistics, or in general sustainable development. Therefore, this Special Issue calls for new and innovative solutions in the field of green ICT, green information systems, green software and its engineering, and also solutions how ICT can contribute to the goals of sustainable development, including ICT-based environment and friendly solutions for industrial and public sectors. This comprises hardware and software solutions, models, and frameworks. Additionally, case studies and the evaluation of best practices are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Naumann
Ms. Eva Kern
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  •  Green IT
  •  Green Information Systems
  •  Green Software Engineering
  •  Green by ICT
  •  Sustainable Software
  •  Sustainability Informatics/Sustainable ICT

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Research

Open AccessArticle An Analysis of Best Practice Patterns for Corporate Social Responsibility in Top IT Companies
Technologies 2018, 6(3), 76; https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies6030076 (registering DOI)
Received: 20 July 2018 / Revised: 8 August 2018 / Accepted: 11 August 2018 / Published: 15 August 2018
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In order to show their compliance with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals, companies report their “sustainable initiatives” into their CSR reports. However, from small companies to multinational, it is hard to see the real benefits of sustainable strategies’ implementation, since there are actually
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In order to show their compliance with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals, companies report their “sustainable initiatives” into their CSR reports. However, from small companies to multinational, it is hard to see the real benefits of sustainable strategies’ implementation, since there are actually no general patterns defined which can ensure high impacts on sustainability. Moreover, there are few metrics and process to assess the efficiency of a sustainability strategy, but the different studies made in that field can show different results, this induces a part of uncertainty to evaluate the performance of a sustainable strategy. Therefore, in this paper, we contribute a pattern approach to implementing sustainability in a company. To do that, we performed an analysis of the 25 CSR reports coming from the 25 biggest companies in the IT sector in order to extract sustainability patterns that are provided in an online catalog to (1) give first tracks to companies which would engage in sustainability initiatives and do not really know where to start; and (2) to give an indicator to companies who already have taken up sustainability initiatives and would like to establish an evaluation of it. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: An Analysis of Best Practice Patterns for Corporate Social Responsibility in top IT Companies
Authors: Germain Deroche and  Birgit Penzenstadler
Affiliation: California State University Long Beach


Title: The Rise of AI under the Lens of Sustainability
Authors: Birgit Penzenstadler, Jayden Khakurel, Jari Porras, Wenlu Zhang and Antti Knuttas
Affiliation: California State University Long Beach


Title: An Analysis of Sustainability Management Software in view of Sustainability
Authors: Eva Kern1, Samanthi Silva1 and Achim Guldner2
Affiliation 1: Leuphana University Lueneburg
Affiliation 2: Environmental Campus Birkenfeld


Title: A Framework to Optimize Energy Efficiency in Data Centers based on Certified KPIs
Authors: Volkan Gizli and Jorge Marx Gomez
Affiliation: Universitat Oldenburg


Title: Methods of Artificial Intelligence in the Field of Material Flow Management
Authors: Martina Willenbacher (Leuphana University Lueneburg) and Volker Wohlgemuth (HTW Berlin, University of Applied Sciences)


Title: A Framework and a Web Application for Self-assessment of Sustainable Green ICT Practices in SMEs
Authors: Farniba Khan and Jari Porras
Affiliation: School of Engineering Science, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland    
Abstract: Green ICT has received significant attention in organizations to reduce global warming since last decade. Several maturity models have been proposed for tracking Green ICT practices in organizations. However, due to the lack of Green ICT knowledge, organizations specially SMEs tend to ignore them. On the other hand, the increasing interest for Green ICT practices in organizations depend not only on the desire to attain environment-friendly atmosphere but also sustaining business goals such as cost reduction, competitive advantages and stakeholders' pressure. Current literature defines worldwide SMEs try to follow some common strategies as virtualization, consolidation of devices, energy efficiency and disposal of ICT equipment for greening ICT. Therefore, this research proposes a framework that provides combination of existing Green ICT and sustainable ICT maturity models by mapping with the strategies that businesses are already following. Out of this framework, a web application has been developed that provides questionnaire to identify the present situation of Green ICT practices of SMEs and guidelines for improvement. The results have been analyzed by testing the application in some SMEs of Finland and Bangladesh. Finally, a survey has been conducted to attain SMEs' perception about the possibility of sustainable development of businesses through this application.


Title: Architecting and Designing Sustainable Smart City Services in Living Lab Environment
Authors: Md Tawseef Alam and Jari Porras
Affiliation: School of Engineering Science, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
Abstract: In terms of sustainability, cities become smart when it provides intelligent services to the inhabitants using information and communication technologies without threatening the future of the environment, the economy and the society. However, the process of developing such sustainable smart services has certain challenges; challenges to understand the needs of the people living in the city. Inhabitants of the city or the citizens are the key stakeholders in case of designing Smart City services. It has been found that active involvement of the people throughout the process is a way to design such services. On the other hand, integrating sustainability, especially including environmental data to the Smart City services has been found challenging. Therefore, this research discusses an approach on combining environmental data with regular Smart City services and to include city inhabitants in the process, the approach is adapted from the concept of living lab methodology. Finally, an application has been developed to represent a Smart City service following this method and people from various background from Helsinki City has evaluated the application, as well as evaluation of the method was done by a small number of software developers, which produced promising results.

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