ICT Applications in the Research for Environmental Sustainability
Basque Centre for Climate Change Working Paper No. 2010-18
26 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2010
Date Written: November 8, 2010
Whether Information and Communication Technology (ICT) constitutes a threat or a cure to environment´s deterioration is controversially discussed. Empirical evidence on the impacts of ICT is rare, so that generalisable lessons can be drawn is sparse. This study addresses exactly this critique by providing empirical results on the role of ICT in research for environmental sustainability. Application of ICT in research is generally regarded as a way to exploit such technology in favour of the environment. Our analysis shows that the use of ICT in environmental research is of great importance in the scientific community, but it can also play a crucial role in the policy context, as well as in the business sector.
Keywords: Information and Communication Technology (ICT), biodiversity, climate change, energy efficiency, environmental research, natural resources, sustainability
JEL Classification: Q01, Q54, Q57, I20
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