Measuring the environmental impact of IT/IS solutions - A life cycle impact modelling approach

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dc.contributor.authorStiel, Florian
dc.contributor.authorTeuteberg, Frank
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-23T16:01:52Z-
dc.date.available2021-12-23T16:01:52Z-
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.issn13648152
dc.identifier.urihttps://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/5214-
dc.description.abstractThe academic community has already taken notice of the interactions between information technologies (IT), information systems (IS), business organizations and the environment. Despite the interest garnered, research and modelling approaches on the environmental impact of IT/IS are usually explored only through qualitative approaches. This paper introduces a way for researchers and practitioners to engage with the environmental impact of IT/IS in a more quantitative manner using flow based life cycle assessments (LCA). Distinct from other life cycle assessment studies, this research paper confirms that integration of information flows within life cycle inventory analysis can be both useful and viable. Our work presents a conceptual framework for flow-based LCA within the context of IT/IS consisting of possibilities for defining functional units, a meta model for building symbiotic inventory models, the use of established software tools and databases as well as concrete actions to apply our framework within simulation studies. We hope that better knowledge of the environmental impact of IT/IS solutions will facilitate an effort for more sustainable solutions. The framework was derived by literature review, design science research and evaluated via a simulation. (c) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
dc.description.sponsorshipEuropean regional development fundEuropean Commission [W/A III 80119242]; This work is part of the project IT-for-Green (Next Generation CEMIS for Environmental, Energy and Resource Management). The IT-for-Green project is funded by the European regional development fund (grant number W/A III 80119242). The authors are pleased to acknowledge the support by all involved project partners. Furthermore, we would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their insightful and constructive comments.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherELSEVIER SCI LTD
dc.relation.ispartofENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE
dc.subjectBUSINESS
dc.subjectCARBON
dc.subjectComputer Science
dc.subjectComputer Science, Interdisciplinary Applications
dc.subjectConceptual framework
dc.subjectDESIGN SCIENCE
dc.subjectENERGY
dc.subjectEngineering
dc.subjectEngineering, Environmental
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sciences
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology
dc.subjectINFORMATION
dc.subjectInformation systems
dc.subjectInformation technology
dc.subjectLife cycle assessment
dc.subjectLife cycle inventory analysis
dc.subjectSCIENCE RESEARCH
dc.subjectSUSTAINABILITY
dc.subjectSymbiotic modelling
dc.subjectSYSTEMS
dc.subjectWater Resources
dc.titleMeasuring the environmental impact of IT/IS solutions - A life cycle impact modelling approach
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.envsoft.2013.12.014
dc.identifier.isiISI:000337555500010
dc.description.volume56
dc.description.startpage94
dc.description.endpage104
dc.identifier.eissn18736726
dc.publisher.placeTHE BOULEVARD, LANGFORD LANE, KIDLINGTON, OXFORD OX5 1GB, OXON, ENGLAND
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationEnviron. Modell. Softw.
crisitem.author.deptFB 09 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften-
crisitem.author.deptidfb09-
crisitem.author.parentorgUniversität Osnabrück-
crisitem.author.netidTeFr823-
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