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ICT for Sustainability - The challenge of making it real

ICT for Sustainability

The challenge of making it real

ICT4S 2013, ETH Zurich 

February 14-16, 2013



"ICT for sustainability" is about utilizing the transformational power of Information and Communication Technologies
(ICT) for making our world more sustainable: saving energy and material resources by creating more value from less
physical input, increasing quality of life for ever more people without compromising future generations´ ability to meet
their needs. While the potential of ICT´s contribution to sustainability has been increasingly recognized during the last
decades, realizing this potential has proven to be a challenge.


The ICT4S conference aims to bring together leading researchers from the technical, natural and social science

  • to take stock of the role of ICT in sustainability and to improve the methods of measuring the positive and
    negative effects of ICT;

  • to create an interdisciplinary synopsis, to inspire new approaches to unleash the potential of ICT for sustainability
    in various fields of application, from production to consumption;

  • to improve methodologies of evaluating, developing, and governing the effects of ICT systems on the
    sustainability of societal and environmental systems.


The ICT4S conference will bring together leading researchers in ICT for Sustainability with government and industry
leaders. Decision-makers with an interest in using ICT for sustainability, researchers
focusing on ICT effects on sustainability and developers of sustainable ICT systems or applications should attend this


Topic 1: Sustainability through ICT

1.1 ICT for Energy Management and Planning

ICT for energy efficiency, smart energy systems, smart
grids, smart metering, ICT and renewables

1.2 ICT and dematerialization

ICT for material efficiency, ICT-supported life cycle
thinking, ICT and product-service systems, smart recycling

1.3 Sustainability in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

Creating awareness, supporting behavioural changes,
empowering the "green" consumer with information,
supporting design for sustainability

1.4 Other enabling effects of ICT for sustainability

Topic 2: Sustainability in ICT

2.1 Energy flows induced by ICT and how to reduce
their impact

Energy use in the life cycle of ICT hardware, energy
consumption of data centers, decentralized and renewable
power generation for ICT, energy harvesting, energy-
aware and energy-autonomous systems

2.2 Material flows induced by ICT and how to reduce
their impact

Scarce resources used for ICT hardware, electronic
(e-waste, WEEE), recycling technologies and schemes,
environmental and social impacts of ICT-related material
flows, future electronics

2.3 Green design and green software

Measuring resource consumption at the level of ICT
functions and services, implications of software architecture
on hardware load, the potential of software to
save hardware resources, sustainability in software
engineering, resource-aware software, price transparency
in the ICT sector

Topic 3: Economic and political dimensions

3.1 Rebound effects and how to avoid them

ICT-induced efficiency and rebound effects, history of
ICT-related rebound effects, theories and models of
rebound effects, rebound effects vs. intended growth,
political frameworks for avoiding rebound effects

3.2 Energy markets

Role of ICT in the deregulation of electricity markets,
ICT and dynamic prices, electronic energy markets,
enabling political frameworks for smart energy use

3.3 Economics of ICT hardware

Supply security of the resources used in ICT, geopolitical
aspects of critical metals, economics of e-waste
recycling, world commodity markets and ICT

Contributions and publication

The conference will consist of invited lectures, submitted papers, and workshops. The call for papers will be
announced towards the end of January 2012. Abstracts will be due by June 1, 2012, and full papers (due by
September 1, 2012) will be subject to peer review before final acceptance. Accepted full papers will be published in
an e-book provided to conference participants. A selection of speakers and authors will be encouraged to submit an
extended version of their contributions to an edited volume and/or a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal after the


  • Dr. Bernard Aebischer, Zurich

  • ETH Zurich, Energy Science Center, Prof. Göran Andersson, Prof. Thomas F. Rutherford

  • University of Zurich, Department of Informatics: Informatics and Sustainability Research (ISR) Group,
    Prof. Lorenz M. Hilty; Zurich People and Computing (ZPAC) Lab, Prof. Elaine Huang

  • Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Technology and Society Lab,
    Dr. Wolfgang Lohmann


Prof. Lorenz M. Hilty, ict4s@ifi.uzh.ch