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Assessing the Sustainability Performance of Sustainability Management Software

Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana University Lüneburg, 21335 Lüneburg, Germany
Institute for Software Systems, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, Trier University of Applied Sciences, 55768 Birkenfeld, Germany
Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM), Leuphana University Lüneburg, 21335 Lüneburg, Germany
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Technologies 2018, 6(3), 88;
Received: 28 August 2018 / Revised: 15 September 2018 / Accepted: 16 September 2018 / Published: 19 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Green Information and Communication Technology)
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Companies have made considerable progress in assessing the sustainability of their processes and products, including the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. However, it is surprising that little attention has been given to the sustainability performance of software products. For this article, we chose a case study approach to explore the extent, to which software manufacturers have considered sustainability criteria for their products. We selected a manufacturer of sustainability management software on the assumption that they would be more likely to integrate elements of sustainability performance in their products. In the case study, we applied a previously developed set of criteria for sustainable software (SCSS) using a questionnaire and experiments, to assess a web-based sustainability management software product regarding its sustainability performance. The assessment finds that despite a sustainability conscious manufacturer, a systematic assessment of sustainability regarding software products is missing in the case study. This implies that sustainability assessment for software products is still novel, corresponding knowledge is missing and suitable tools are not yet being widely applied in the industry. The SCSS presents a suitable approach to close this gap, but it does require further refinement, for example regarding its applicability to web-based software on external servers. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability management; sustainable software; software energy measurements; sustainability criteria sustainability management; sustainable software; software energy measurements; sustainability criteria

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