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ICT Innovations for Sustainability

  • Lorenz M. Hilty
  • Bernard Aebischer


  • Recent research on ICT for Sustainability

  • Results of the ICT4S conference held February 14-16, 2013 in ETH Zurich, Switzerland

  • Written by leading experts in the field

Conference proceedings

Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 310)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lorenz M. Hilty, Bernard Aebischer
      Pages 3-36
    3. Christina Herzog, Laurent Lefèvre, Jean-Marc Pierson
      Pages 49-67
  3. The Energy Cost of Information Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Gunnar Schomaker, Stefan Janacek, Daniel Schlitt
      Pages 113-124
    3. Vlad C. Coroama, Daniel Schien, Chris Preist, Lorenz M. Hilty
      Pages 137-155
    4. Daniel Schien, Vlad C. Coroama, Lorenz M. Hilty, Chris Preist
      Pages 157-170
    5. Roland Hischier, Vlad C. Coroama, Daniel Schien, Mohammad Ahmadi Achachlouei
      Pages 171-189
    6. Stefan Naumann, Eva Kern, Markus Dick, Timo Johann
      Pages 191-205
  4. The Material Cost of Information Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Patrick A. Wäger, Roland Hischier, Rolf Widmer
      Pages 209-221
    3. Heinz Böni, Mathias Schluep, Rolf Widmer
      Pages 223-241
  5. Saving Energy and Materials Through ICT-Enabled Solutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269

About these proceedings


ICT Innovations for Sustainability is an investigation of how information and communication technology can contribute to sustainable development. It presents clear definitions of sustainability, suggesting conceptual frameworks for the positive and negative effects of ICT on sustainable development. It reviews methods of assessing the direct and indirect impact of ICT systems on energy and materials demand, and examines the results of such assessments. In addition, it investigates ICT-based approaches to supporting sustainable patterns of production and consumption, analyzing them at various levels of abstraction – from end-user devices, Internet infrastructure, user behavior, and social practices to macro-economic indicators.


Combining approaches from Computer Science, Information Systems, Human-Computer Interaction, Economics, and Environmental Sciences, the book presents a new, holistic perspective on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S). It is an indispensable resource for anyone working in the area of ICT for Energy Efficiency, Life Cycle Assessment of ICT, Green IT, Green Information Systems, Environmental Informatics, Energy Informatics, Sustainable HCI, or Computational Sustainability.


Energy Efficient Computing ICT ICT4S Intelligent Computing Recycling Computer Hardware Sustainability Computing

Editors and affiliations

  • Lorenz M. Hilty
    • 1
  • Bernard Aebischer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of InformaticsUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.ZurichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title ICT Innovations for Sustainability
  • Editors Lorenz M. Hilty
    Bernard Aebischer
  • Series Title Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advs in Intelligent Syst., Computing
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-09227-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-09228-7
  • Series ISSN 2194-5357
  • Series E-ISSN 2194-5365
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 474
  • Number of Illustrations 93 b/w illustrations, 26 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Computational Intelligence
    Sustainable Development
    Energy Efficiency
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