Modeling and Analyzing the Carbon Footprint of Business Processes

  • Jan Recker
  • Michael Rosemann
  • Anders Hjalmarsson
  • Mikael Lind


Many corporations and individuals realize that environmental sustainability is an urgent problem to address. In this chapter, we contribute to the emerging academic discussion by proposing two innovative approaches for engaging in the development of environmentally sustainable business processes. Specifically, we describe an extended process modeling approach for capturing and documenting the dioxide emissions produced during the execution of a business process. For illustration, we apply this approach to the case of a governmental Shared Services provider. Second, we then introduce an analysis method for measuring the carbon dioxide emissions produced during the execution of a business process. To illustrative this approach, we apply it in the real-life case of an European airport and show how this information can be leveraged in the re-design of “green” business processes.


Business Process Emission Factor Carbon Footprint Business Process Modeling Notation Taxi Company 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Recker
    • 1
  • Michael Rosemann
    • 2
  • Anders Hjalmarsson
    • 3
  • Mikael Lind
    • 4
  1. 1.Information Systems DisciplineQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Sustainable Transport Group, Viktoria InstituteGöteborgSweden
  4. 4.Sustainable Transports, Viktoria InstituteGöteborgSweden

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