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: closed (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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Open AccessArticle Assessing the Sustainability Performance of Sustainability Management Software
Technologies 2018, 6(3), 88; https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies6030088
Received: 28 August 2018 / Revised: 15 September 2018 / Accepted: 16 September 2018 / Published: 19 September 2018
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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
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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. Full article
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Open AccessArticle A Framework to Optimize Energy Efficiency in Data Centers Based on Certified KPIs
Technologies 2018, 6(3), 87; https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies6030087
Received: 24 July 2018 / Revised: 13 September 2018 / Accepted: 13 September 2018 / Published: 15 September 2018
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Both electricity consumption and CO2 emission from Germany’s 50,000 data centers have grown continuously in recent years. However, projects that can be used to evaluate the energy efficiency of data centers are no longer available to companies. Thus, there is a need
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Both electricity consumption and CO2 emission from Germany’s 50,000 data centers have grown continuously in recent years. However, projects that can be used to evaluate the energy efficiency of data centers are no longer available to companies. Thus, there is a need for solid solutions that are going to help data center operators to assess and improve a data center’s energy efficiency. A particular approach in the form of an evolutionary prototype, which is described in this article, is designed to serve as a basis for the development of the software, which will support companies in addressing their personalized energy efficiency needs. Full article
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Open AccessArticle A Systematic Literature Review of the Factors of Influence on the Environmental Impact of ICT
Technologies 2018, 6(3), 85; https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies6030085
Received: 15 July 2018 / Revised: 6 August 2018 / Accepted: 9 August 2018 / Published: 7 September 2018
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Context: Many publications have described, measured, tracked or assessed Information and Communication Technology (ICT) activities that impact the environment. A complete conceptual view of the environmental impact of ICT can be described in three orders of effect: Direct, indirect and systemic. Objective: The
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Context: Many publications have described, measured, tracked or assessed Information and Communication Technology (ICT) activities that impact the environment. A complete conceptual view of the environmental impact of ICT can be described in three orders of effect: Direct, indirect and systemic. Objective: The goal of this study is to find out how the existing literature contributes towards our understanding of the environmental impact of ICT. We approach this question by identifying factors that can be of influence on the environmental impact and map these factors onto a conceptual framework of Green ICT. Method: We used a systematic literature review to collect factors of influence regarding the environmental impact of ICT. Results: From the data we collected and the analyses made, we created a taxonomy, and report on the frequencies of the factors of influence in the primary studies as well as gaps and additions compared to the conceptual framework. We found five main classes of influence that can form a continuous cycle, but noted that the research field is strongly focused on the direct impact of ICT. Conclusion: Our study contributes towards a better understanding of the environmental impact of ICT by framing factors of influence in a conceptual framework. The taxonomy we create and the analysis of the studies could be helpful in defining a research agenda, to further enable the full potential of Green ICT. In addition, the taxonomy can be used as a starting point for a practical tool, for organizations that wish to apply Green ICT to its full extent. Full article
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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
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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