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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(2), 219;

More Sustainability in Industry through Industrial Internet of Things?

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), 14467 Potsdam, Germany
Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wenhua Road 72, Shenyang 110016, China
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Received: 27 December 2017 / Revised: 22 January 2018 / Accepted: 29 January 2018 / Published: 31 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Computer Science and Electrical Engineering)
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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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