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More Sustainability in Industry through Industrial Internet of Things?

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Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), 14467 Potsdam, Germany
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Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wenhua Road 72, Shenyang 110016, China
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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(2), 219; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8020219
Received: 27 December 2017 / Revised: 22 January 2018 / Accepted: 29 January 2018 / Published: 31 January 2018
Industrial production plays an important role for achieving a green economy and the sustainable development goals. Therefore, the nascent transformation of industrial production due to digitalization into a so-called Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is of great interest from a sustainable development point of view. This paper discusses how the environmental dimension of a sustainable development can potentially benefit from the IIoT—focusing especially on three topics: resource efficiency, sustainable energy and transparency. It presents a state of the art literature analysis of IIoT-enabled approaches addressing the three environmental topics. This analysis is compared with the findings of a survey among Chinese industrial companies, investigating the sustainability-related expectations of participants coming along with the implementation of IIoT solutions. China has been chosen as a case study because it brings together a strong industrial sector, ambitious plans regarding industrial digitalization and a high relevance and need for more sustainability. The survey was conducted with the means of a questionnaire which was distributed via email and used for direct on-site interviews. It focused on large and medium sized companies mainly from Liaoning Province and had a sample size of 109 participants. View Full-Text
Keywords: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT); Industrie 4.0; digitalization; sustainability; study; China Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT); Industrie 4.0; digitalization; sustainability; study; China
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