Sustainable Development: The Role of Information and Communication Technology

A. Schatten:
"Sustainable Development: The Role of Information and Communication Technology";
Hauptvortrag: 5th International Vilnius Conference EURO-Mini Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania; 30.09.2009 - 03.10.2009; in:"Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Development (KORSD 2009)", M. Grasserbauer, L. Sakalauskas (Hrg.); (2009), S. 1 - 6.

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Information and Communication Technology has a significant footprint in
global resource consumption, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and waste, particularly
considering the high growth rates. Yet, intelligent use of ICT can support other
domains in mitigation (e.g. in reducing GHG emissions and resource consumption),
monitoring of resources and environmental impacts and adaptation to unavoidable
changes, for instance due to climate change. This paper gives an overview on activities
to reduce the direct ICT footprint and on positive indirect effects in other domains.
Finally, it briefly outlines the potential of ICT to support education, public
awareness and policy-making.