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A framework for sustainability assessment of ICT futures. Scenarios and sustainability impacts of future ICT- societies

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Arushanyan, Yevgeniya (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
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Ekener-Petersen, Elisabeth (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
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Moberg, Åsa (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
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Coroama, Vlad C. (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
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Chapter ConverStation I
Volume EnviroInfo & ICT4S, Conference Proceedings (Part 1)
Conference Building the knowledge base for environmental action and sustainability
Copenhagen, 2015
Year 2015
Abstract of the Article
The rapid development of information and communication technology (ICT) has an influence on all societal sectors and can have both positive and negative consequences. To support ICT for sustainability (ICT4S), we need to learn when and how ICT can enable sustainable development. It is important to take into account all types of potential impacts environmental and social, direct and indirect. Looking at future ICT societies and their potential environmental and social implications is of special interest, as this can provide valuable knowledge for planning and policy-making today to enable ICT4S. A methodological framework for environmental and social assessment of future ICT societies with a consumption perspective was developed as a part of a joint project with researchers at KTH, ICT industry, municipality and county. The overall goal of the project was to develop five different future scenarios for Swedish ICT societies and to assess the risks and opportunities for environmental and social consequences in those scenarios. This paper presents the framework for environmental and social assessment of future scenarios and discusses the challenges experienced and lessons learned in the process of the framework development. The framework is aimed to deal with a broad and complex object and scope of assessment, the inherent uncertainty and data restrictions of future scenarios, and is applying qualitative analysis.
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Additional Information 10.2991/ict4s-env-15.2015.1
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