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The Future Impact of ICTs on Environmental Sustainability

  • Authors: ERDMANN, L., HILTY, L., GOODMAN, J., ARNFALK, P. Editors: RODRIGUEZ CASAL, C., VAN WUNNIK, C., DELGADO SANCHO, L., BURGELMAN, J.-C., DESRUELLE, P.
  • EUR Number: EUR 21384 EN
  • Publication date: 11/2004

Abstract

This report presents the results of a research project commissioned to investigate the possible effects of ICT on a set of environmental indicators in 2020. The project adopted an innovative methodology combining qualitative scenario-building and quantitative modeling. The general conclusion was that the impact of ICT is roughly between -20 and +30 %. Therefore, there are significant opportunities for improving environmental sustainability through ICTs. ICT should accordingly be taken into account by environmental policies in order to ensure that ICT applications make a positive contribution to environmental outcomes, and, at the same time, to suppress rebound effects.

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