ICT Applications in the Research for Environmental Sustainability

Basque Centre for Climate Change Working Paper No. 2010-18

26 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2010

See all articles by Aline Chiabai

Aline Chiabai

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM); Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)

Dirk T. G. Rübbelke

Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg

Lisa Maurer

Graz University of Technology - Knowledge Management Institute

Date Written: November 8, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Chiabai, Aline and Rübbelke, Dirk T. G. and Maurer, Lisa, ICT Applications in the Research for Environmental Sustainability (November 8, 2010). Basque Centre for Climate Change Working Paper No. 2010-18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1705310 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1705310

Aline Chiabai

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) ( email )

C.so Magenta 63
Milano, 20123
Italy

Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)

Gran Vía 35-2
Bilbao, Vizcaya 48009
Spain

Dirk T. G. Rübbelke (Contact Author)

Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg ( email )

Freiberg, 09599
Germany

Lisa Maurer

Graz University of Technology - Knowledge Management Institute ( email )

Graz
Austria

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