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Sustainability 2018, 10(4), 1278;

Digitalization and Environmental Aims in Municipalities

Strategic Sustainability Studies, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 114 28 Stockholm, Sweden
Ericsson, Stockholm 115 41, Sweden
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Received: 16 February 2018 / Revised: 5 April 2018 / Accepted: 9 April 2018 / Published: 21 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Smart Cities and Smart Villages Research)
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Many municipalities express a wish to use digital technologies to achieve environmental aims. However, there is still a need for a better understanding of how this should practically be done, both among municipalities and among ICT developers. We have used workshops and literature studies to formulate technological abilities of digitalization. We use two EU directives that are relevant for municipal environmental goals and combine the activities that these directives indicate with technological abilities of digitalization, in order to formulate practical implementations of digital technology to help these activities and reach the directives’ goals. We suggest that this method can be used for any municipal goal, as follows: (1) Identify the objective (in our case set by the EU-directives); (2) Identify what activities these points will require or generate; (3a) From a municipal viewpoint: Based on the results of 1 and 2, formulate and structure ideas of how digitalization can support the objectives and how those ideas can be implemented; (3b) From a provider’s viewpoint: Investigate what digital solutions supporting 1 and 2 exist, or how existing services can be tweaked to support the objectives and explore how new digital solutions supporting 1 and 2 can be developed. View Full-Text
Keywords: European Union; EU directives; municipalities; environmental aims; environmental goals; smart city; smart sustainable city; digitalization; ICT4S European Union; EU directives; municipalities; environmental aims; environmental goals; smart city; smart sustainable city; digitalization; ICT4S

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Ringenson, T.; Höjer, M.; Kramers, A.; Viggedal, A. Digitalization and Environmental Aims in Municipalities. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1278.

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