Information and communication technologies for environmental sustainability

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Information and communication technologies for environmental sustainability (ICT Ensure) is a general term referring to the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) within the field of environmental sustainability. Information and communication technologies are acting as integrating and enabling technologies for the economy and they profoundly affect our society. Recent changes in ICT use globally have damaged the environment (in terms of waste and energy consumption etc.) but also have the potential to support environmental sustainability activities,[1] such as the targets set within the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number 7 (MDG7) to "ensure environmental sustainability".[2]

New technologies provide utilities for knowledge acquisition and awareness, early evaluation of new knowledge, reaching agreements and communication of progress in the interest of the human welfare. This includes ethical aspects of protecting human life as well as aspects of consumer safety and the preservation of our natural environment.

Application areas[edit]

More and more application areas are becoming relevant to sustainable development in industry, health care, agriculture and the information society, and they affect the perspectives of ICT, the environment, policy and science. More and more interest has been emerged as well to risk and disaster management, adaptation to climate change and resource use.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Murugesan, S.; Laplante, P. A. (2011). "IT for a Greener Planet". IT Professional. 13 (1): 16–18. 
  2. ^ 2.1. "Millennium Development Goal 7". UNDP. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  3. ^ Karanasios, S. (2011). New and Emergent ICTs and Climate Change in Developing Countries. R. Heeks & A. Ospina (Eds.) (PDF). Manchester: Centre for Development Informatics, Institute for Development Policy and Management, SED, International Development Research Centre. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Millennium Development Goals | Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability[1]
  • SMART 2020 Report[2]
  • ICTs: Do They Contribute to Increased Carbon Emissions?[3]
  • New and Emergent ICTs and Climate Change in Developing Countries[4]