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Powering down: remedies for unsustainable ICT

Simon Forge (Director of SCF Associates Ltd, Princes Risborough, UK.)

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 24 July 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to examine the contribution of information and communication technology (ICT) to climate change, the origins of ICT unsustainability and explores some possible remedies.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper draws on a variety of sources to survey the many problems of sustainable ICTs; their energy consumption trends; planned obsolescence; hazardous materials and hazardous disposal; and analyses the way forward.

Findings

Highlights the unsustainability of many ICT trends, e.g. power consumption in data centers, and the extent to which ICT affects progress towards an economy's environmental sustainability.

Originality/value

This paper provides a novel approach to ICT sustainability, highlighting unsustainability of current software technology and related hardware trends, especially the threat of operating systems to planetary sustainability, as well as the growing power consumption trends in data centers.

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Citation

Forge, S. (2007), "Powering down: remedies for unsustainable ICT", Foresight, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 3-21. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636680710773795

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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